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O'Hara Optimistic


13:31 3rd April 2013

Midfielder reflects on the win at Birmingham and his own fitness as Wolves approach the final six games of the campaign.

After missing all of the first half of the season with a hernia problem, Jamie O'Hara returned to the side as a substitute for the Molineux meeting with Peterborough on Boxing Day.

The derby at Birmingham was his 12th start in succession and he said of it: “I thought we were tremendous all over the pitch in the first half.

“We prepared really well for the game because we knew it was going to be tough playing two games in three days. The three wins have given us a real lift.”

And on City’s second half fight back, he added: “We gave two soft penalties away.

“I just tried to stand up – I was on the by-line thinking the ball was going to go out of play and he was clever in a way. He pushed back into me and then has gone over to win the penalty.

“We were hanging on in there for the last five minutes. But it had been a really good first-half performance.”
Of his own form Jamie said: “I’m feeling better every week. I got a dead leg in the first 10 minutes of the game against Middlesbrough and I was struggling.

“To be honest I thought I might not have played against Birmingham but I rested up and prepared right and managed to get out there.

“Getting an early booking probably killed my chances of staying out for the whole of the second half because the gaffer told me he took me off because he didn’t want me getting sent off.

“Hopefully I can carry on getting my sharpness back by getting games.

“If I can play from now until the end of the season, I’ll have got 20 games under my belt. That’s a massive plus for me after being out for so long.

“I’d had three operations and nothing seemed to be going right. I’m an impatient guy – I wanted to get back playing football because I was missing it so much.

“There were times when I thought that I might just have to retire.

“The wife and the family kept me going and the physios have been tremendous as well.

“It’s a massive plus for me to be playing now.”

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