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O'Hara lights up Molineux to lift Wolves out of drop zone

JAMIE O'HARA'S new orange tanned look would have made him stand out even if he had not orchestrated the battering of Blackpool on Saturday to lift Wolves out of the bottom three for the first time in five months.

O'Hara, glowing after a series of sunbed sessions, radiated energy and invention as well as scoring from the outside the area for the second week running. Coming soon after DJ Campbell's dismissal, his strike broke Blackpool, who already trailed to a Matt Jarvis goal and conceded two more to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake late on.

However, whether O'Hara, on loan from Spurs, moves permanently will depend on which division Wolves are in come August. He insisted he was "not even thinking about relegation".

"I'm here to fight and we'll see what happens at the end of the season," said the 24-year-old, who last week said he is still open to the possibility of playing for Ireland.

O'Hara accepts he has scant prospect of breaking into Harry Redknapp's plans. "I want to go where I'm playing every week."

Ian Holloway, meanwhile, did not make Campbell's 43rd-minute red card for thrusting his hands into Richard Stearman's face an excuse for "about the worst we've played since I've been here".

Yet the Blackpool manager questioned whether "shoving someone in the throat" constituted violent conduct or merited a three-match ban.

"He didn't punch or butt anyone," said Holloway. "If I stab you or hit you with a baseball bat, that's violent conduct. That wasn't." (© Independent News Service)

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