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GUS HAILS JAMIE

Posted on 28 January 2008  - 12:00

Gus Poyet reserved special praise for young Jamie O’Hara after our 3-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

Gus Poyet reserved special praise for young Jamie O’Hara after our 3-1 FA Cup fourth round defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.

The 21-year-old had the unenviable task of marking Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo from an unfamiliar left-back position, but he never looked fazed.

Gus believes this sums up the attitude of Jamie, who has shown no fear in a Spurs shirt since making his first-team debut in December.

Our first-team coach said: “I think Ronaldo did hardly anything against Jamie in the whole game, so he did a good job and it gave us a chance to control the game because Ronaldo is perhaps the best player in the country at the moment.

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“He had the challenge of playing against Arsenal in the middle of the park twice this season, and now he’s marked the best player in the league!

“That’s the sort of player we like to work with, so it’s great to have him here. He’s enjoying himself and he needs to keep going.”

Gus believes we could easily be in the fifth round of the Cup today, but it just was not to be our day at Old Trafford.

He added: “I think we did enough to win the game, and on another day the result might have been different, but we just have to accept it.

“I think there were a few turning points because we could have gone 2-0 up and then they equalised at half-time, which made all the difference.

“Even with 10 men away from home against Manchester United, we kept going forward and believing because it was the only way.

“We hit the post, and on another day the ball goes in. It was one of those games that, no matter what we did, we were going to lose it.”

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