Jamie Redknapp's weekend watch: O'Hara proves he's a class act

15 February 2010 12:58
Jamie O'Hara took a look at Portsmouth in his first loan spell and it might have been easier for him not to go back; sit on the bench at Spurs, wait for his chance there and leave the relegation battle to others. He didn't.

He's a hungry young man who wants to play football and so he went back for a second stint. He was the class act against Southampton.

Inspiration: Jamie O'Hara (left) was key to Pompey's win over Southampton

SECRET DELAPManchester City and Stoke will have played each other three times in 12 days, but l bet City still won't have worked out how to deal with Rory Delap's throws by the end of these games. Rory's deliveries come in at such pace and you can't predict the flight.

One problem I have: why, Rory, didn't you use them when we were team-mates at Southampton?!

GETTING A GRANTEmotional scenes after the match at St Mary's when Avram Grant went to the Portsmouth fans to thank them for their support. They've endured a horror season, but that result - a 4-1 win against their up-and-coming rivals - will have eased the agony.

The clubs may be in the same division next season, but Pompey fans will remember Avram's efforts.

Unpredictable: Stoke's Rory Delap (left)

SULLIVAN REACTIONInteresting to see West Ham's players charging around the pitch and putting in a shift for a 2-0 win against Birmingham that lifted the club out of the bottom six.

Funny how, just 24 hours after co-owner David Sullivan threatened the players with a 25 per cent pay cut, they suddenly lifted a leg. A few have been doing it all season, but not enough.

NEIL DIAMONDAston Villa had a clear week leading up to their Carling Cup final against Manchester United but must now host Crystal Palace, who won't go quietly. They need the cash and their manager, Neil Warnock, is an underrated coach who knows his business. I'm really pleased for him. 

DANGER: PATO ALERT! Because it's Manchester United vs David Beckham this week, a lot will be made of the England player taking on his old manager again, but Sir Alex Ferguson will know enough about Milan to realise the game won't only be decided by Beckham and the ageing legs in the Milan squad.

Look out for Brazilian striker Pato, who is quick, direct and dangerous.

Dead cert: Carlton Cole (left) should go to the World Cup on current form

TROUBLE UP TOPPlenty for England head coach Fabio Capello to think about with his World Cup centre forward options.

West Ham's Carlton Cole looks a cert for South Africa to me. And on what we saw yesterday, Emile Heskey has to pull his finger out.

Bolton's battering ram Kevin Davies must have also given Capello something to think about.

 Crystal Palace 2 Aston Villa 2: Eagles cash in - Neil Warnock praises his Cup battlers as Martin O'Neill's men escape with a draw Manchester City 1 Stoke 1: Wayne Bridge is a Fab choice for England boss CapelloFulham 4 Notts County 0: Bobby Zamora gives a reality check to League Two dreamers Derby 1 Birmingham 2: Fabio Capello must pick Joe Hart for England NOW, insists Alex McLeishReading 2 West Brom 2: Scorer Robert Koren denies 'selfish' tagSouthampton 1 Portsmouth 4: Pompey cash in with late flurry


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