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Start vital

Posted on 21 January 2009  - 12:00

Jamie O'Hara feels the first half of our Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at Burnley holds the key to Wembley.

Start vital

Jamie O'Hara feels the first half of our Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at Burnley holds the key to Wembley.

We travel to Turf Moor defending a 4-1 lead from the first leg at the Lane.

The aggregate winners of the tie will play Manchester United at Wembley in the final on Sunday, March 1.

Jamie admitted that if they needed any reminders of promotion-chasing Burnley's quality, they just have to turn the clock back a fortnight and the first half of that first leg at the Lane.

Burnley dominated and led 1-0 before a half-time reshuffled and the arrival of Jamie helped turn the tie around - he scored one and set up two as we hit back to take that commanding first leg lead.

"Burnley started unbelievably at White Hart Lane, the lads were left a bit shocked by the way they came out at us," reflected Jamie.

"We expect a tough game this time around and we know it will be difficult at Turf Moor, it will be a hostile atmosphere and they will look to get on top of us from the off.

"If they score an early goal the crowd will get right on their side and anything could happen.

"We have to weather that storm and be strong in the first 45 minutes. They'll come at us and it might be a case of hanging in there, it might be that type of game. I'm sure if we do that then our experience will come through in the second half and we'll get through to Wembley."

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