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O'Hara determined to make up for last season's Wembley heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 11:34 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

JAMIE O Hara came off the bench on Tuesday night to inspire Spurs to within touching distance of a second successive Carling Cup final. With Tottenham trailing 1-0 at half-time to Championship outfit Burnley, the England Under-21 international replaced Da

JAMIE O'Hara came off the bench on Tuesday night to inspire Spurs to within touching distance of a second successive Carling Cup final.

With Tottenham trailing 1-0 at half-time to Championship outfit Burnley, the England Under-21 international replaced David Bentley and was the major influence as the Lilywhites scored four second-half goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead to Turf Moor for the semi-final second leg.

O'Hara, who suffered the heartbreak of missing out on last year's 2-1 Wembley win over Chelsea, gave manager Harry Redknapp a timely reminder of his skills - and his passion for the club.

The rookie midfielder provided the corner for Michael Dawson's headed equaliser in the 47th minute, before drilling home Tottenham's second goal just after the hour mark.

O'Hara also had a big hand in Spurs' third and fourth goals, releasing Gareth Bale to set up Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 64th minute and then delivering the free-kick which was headed into his own net by Burnley's Michael Duff 22 minutes from time.

"It was a great feeling to come on and make such an impact," O'Hara told Ham&High Sport.

"It was great to go out there and score and be involved in most of the goals. Hopefully, we can reproduce that second-half performance at Burnley in three weeks' time."

Spurs, who introduced new signing Jermain Defoe to the fans before the start, produced a truly awful first 45 minutes and Burnley deserved their lead, courtesy of Martin Patterson's 14th minute tap-in.

But Redknapp, with the boos of the home fans ringing in his ears, made the decisive change at half- time, replacing the disappointing Bentley with the busy and passionate O'Hara. In fact, it could easily have been Bale who was replaced - he had a poor first half against Burnley's best player Chris Eagles.

"To see that disappointing first- half display was not nice sitting on the bench," admitted O'Hara. "I came on and tried to do the best for the side and hopefully that has got us through to the final.

"I think more than anyone else in our changing room I want to get to the Carling Cup final because missing out on the big day last year was heartbreaking.

"I give 100 per cent every time I go out on the pitch."

pat.mooney@hamhigh.co.uk


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