During a time when a player's every move is scrutinised by the media whether on TV, in newspapers or on social media websites, Matt Jarvis of West Ham deserves praise for his actions.

The former Wolves star was praised and ridiculed in equal measure last week for not going down in the box in a game against Arsenal.

Although potentially fouled, Jarvis did not fall from the tackle but instead chased the ball down in the box to create a goalscoring chance. The significance of this incident is that it was 0-0 at the time.

Arsenal - who also beat Hull City on Sunday - won the match 3-1, but one of the biggest talking points was Jarvis' sportsmanship.

In a time when players fake injuries or play-act to con referees into getting other players booked, it has been refreshing to see someone not follow that same path.

Jarvis deserves a lot of praise for this. Other players and the media may not think that, but it is true.

While some - even Jarvis himself - admitted after the game that he would have been better off diving, it is refreshing to see such honesty.

Jarvis is not instantly regarded as a high-calibre player but in terms of his honesty and sportsmanship he deserves for the time being to be classed as an honest man of football.

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