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The boy is no quitter!

More than once Jamie O'Hara has already said how much he is enjoying his football at Pompey, and how he would also like to stay - at least until the end of the season, which is something that 'seems' likely anyway.

And once again today he has told The News that he wants to stay and will not walk away in January to the 'safety' of the 'comfort zone' at Spurs, he is a fighter and wants to carry on fighting for us: 'I say to myself, 'how would it look to the Pompey fans if I left in January?'

'They travel away and come to every game and we're fighting for every point. Then come January I pack up and go back to Tottenham, and I'm back in the comfort zone.

'How does it look to them? Maybe it looks like I've walked away from a fight. I'm not that type of person. I want to be there for the team and the club. I want to help us get out of trouble.'

Granted the guy has to say 'the right things', but he also backs up his words on the pitch - which to be fair most of the players are, even if we are not getting the results. You can visibly see him backing up his words, and that I like.

Fighters, players that are 100% committed and will give 100% on the pitch is all I ask for, and that is what we are getting in the main - and O'Hara typifies that for me.

The guy calls it as it is, he was angry at the 2nd half showing against Blackburn and said as much - and I think rightly so, we aided our own downfall there as we should have looked to 'push on' from the lead we had. We know that he, and we, will get back on the horse and give it everything after the international break though.

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 11 2009

Time: 12:30PM

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We need a few more like Jamie and we will be OK!!
eastneydave
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11/11/2009 13:00:00

I was (like many other Spurs) quite surprised when Jamie left on loan - he seemed to be one of Harry's Boys and usually offerred something of value when on the pitch. I imagine that a good percentage of Spurs fans would welcome him back - and some will be very dissapointed if he does eventually move down to the South Coast permanantly. For me, JH always gave everything he could in every game and he'll always be accepted for that approach alone. Wether there is a starting place, regular, for him back at the Lane is doubtful and it is that reason that may lead him to Portsmouth long term. Good luck to him.
andyspur4life
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11/11/2009 13:30:00

I am a fan of O'Hara, but let us put this way; the guy has nothing to lose. If we stay up (and perhaps he would have played most of the season), that could enhance his chances for South Africa. If we go down, he would have played anyway and then go back to Spurs. That is how I see it. Sorry.
Pompey Malta
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11/11/2009 14:41:00

According to the Express "Harry Redknapp has been told that he will have to sell players before he can add to his squad in the January transfer window, despite Spurs announcing record pre-tax profits of 33.4m." This could be good news for us to buy O'Hara - transfer embargo permitting!
PFCblue
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11/11/2009 14:56:00

Yep....got to say I can't rate the bloke highly enough. He is a fighter, and you can tell that the way he handles himself on the pitch. Never gives up. I'm just so glad he's with us at moment and not sitting on the sidelines at Spurs. Quality player.
cornypomp
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11/11/2009 17:33:00

I think his comments about the performance against Blackburn do not reflect well on the manager and I agree with Malta he has nothing to lose; I also agree that he won't stay if we go down; not withstanding all of that he does put the effort in there's no doubting that.
russellm
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11/11/2009 19:57:00

Love the bloke, he has the right attitude all round
paultsmouth
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12/11/2009 07:05:00

 

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