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IT'S THE REAL THING FOR JAMIE

Posted on 18 January 2006  - 12:00

It took just a few minutes for Jamie O’Hara to realise he was tasting the real thing in terms of competitive football at the weekend.

It took just a few minutes for Jamie O’Hara to realise he was tasting the real thing in terms of competitive football at the weekend.

The young midfielder - still only 19 - made his league debut for Coca-Cola League One side Chesterfield and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers.

Reserve team regular Jamie hooked up with the Derbyshire club on a three-month loan arrangement last Friday and was thrown straight in at the deep end the next day.

“It was great to go straight into the team and get on with it,†reflected Jamie. “It was hard but I enjoyed it.

“The game was a lot quicker than I expected. I had a few big tackles in the first 10 minutes and that woke me up to it.

“I thought I’d play my way into the game for the first five minutes but my first three touches were crunching tackles. I wasn’t going to back out though.

“It was an ideal start, a crowd of over 6,000 and Doncaster are a good side. They really came at us and didn’t stop - I thought to myself ‘this has got to slow down’ but it carried on at that pace for the full 90 minutes.

“I managed to get my foot on the ball a few times, got some good crosses in and tried to pass it around when I got the chance. I thoroughly enjoyed it.â€Â

Jamie earned positive reviews on his debut as the Spireites - managed by former Derby and Bolton boss Roy McFarland - came from 1-0 down to stretch their unbeaten record to 12 matches and go sixth in the table.

“I delighted the loan has happened,†added Jamie. “I’m still young but I feel I’m ready for the step up and hopefully going to Chesterfield will make me a better player and when I come back I’ll be that much closer to the first team.

“It’s a different ball game. These lads are playing to pay their mortgage - it’s the real thing. The physical side of it, having to win tackles, headers, you can’t let your team-mates down in league football.â€Â