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Passion play

Posted on 7 January 2009  - 12:00

Jamie O'Hara puts his inspirational second half display last night down to the passion he has for Spurs running through his veins.

Passion play

Jamie O'Hara puts his inspirational second half display last night down to the passion he has for Spurs running through his veins.

The midfielder came off the bench to create two and score one of the four goals that give us a 4-1 aggregate lead over Burnley in the Carling Cup semi-final.

Last season's Young Player of the Year was left out of the squad which won the trophy at Wembley a year ago, so he is as desperate as anyone to get there again and play a part this time.

So on entering the fray with us a goal down last night, Jamie was fired up with a clear message from Harry Redknapp ringing in his ears and a true pride for the Club in his heart.

"The gaffer wasn't happy at half-time because it was a disappointing way in which to start the game and the whole first half was pretty poor," he says.

"But Harry said that all the fans want to see is a bit of passion, so he told us to go out and show that we're the better side and play with a bit of pride, and that's what we did.

"I love the Club and this is a massive opportunity for everyone at Spurs to be at Wembley. I don't know if there were nerves to start with, but all you've got to do is give 100 per cent.

"That's what the fans want to see and that's something I will always give for this Club because I'm passionate about it."

And the England Under-21 international now knows there is no room for complacency as we prepare for the return leg at Turf Moor in a fortnight's time.

"We've got one foot in the door at Wembley, although it's going to be a difficult game at Burnley who we saw in the first half can play," Jamie added.

"But it's such a big game for the Club and we can't let these opportunities slip by.

"They come round once in a lifetime and, because I missed out on the final last season, I want to be on the pitch at Wembley more than anyone."

COMING SOON: An exclusive interview with Jamie on Spurs TV Online, as he talks us through his Man of the Match display and looks ahead to Wigan in the league on Sunday.

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