Norwich winger Matt Jarvis knows Premier League survival could hinge on next Saturday’s clash with Sunderland.
Sunderland are 18th, four points behind 17th-placed Norwich, following Sunday’s 2-0 loss at home to Leicester and this weekend’s game could not be bigger.
Crucially the Black Cats have a game in hand on the Canaries, who lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday and are seeking back-to-back home wins over north east sides after the 3-2 victory over Newcastle on April 2.
“Each game gets bigger and bigger, so it’s massive,” Jarvis said on canaries.co.uk. “That’s what happens at this time of the year. Being at home, we know if we’re able to get the win it would give us a big jump.
“We really wanted to take something from (Palace) but have to ensure our home form continues. That starts with getting a good result on Saturday.”
Jarvis felt he should have had a first-half penalty following a challenge by Damien Delaney, but referee Michael Oliver decided otherwise.
Jason Puncheon’s strike settled a drab contest in Palace’s favour.
“We’re really disappointed as we felt we deserved at least a point,” Jarvis added. “There weren’t many chances in the game and I think a 0-0 draw would have been a fair result. The goal was a great finish but generally we defended well.
“Over the past few weeks we’ve shown how well we can defend, as well as attack. We created numerous opportunities but they just didn’t fall our way.
“We got into the right positions but couldn’t test the goalkeeper enough. Ultimately we’ve paid the price for that so we need to make sure we bounce back next week.”