O'Hara hopes for brighter future after giving Blackpool a tanning

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Jamie O'Hara's new orange look would have made him stand out even if he had not orchestrated the battering of Blackpool which lifted Wolverhampton Wanderers out of the bottom three for the first time in five months. However, apart from this tan there is nothing fake about the on-loan Tottenham midfielder.

"You've got to have a healthy glow and it's not very sunny up here, so I just had a little sun-bed session," said O'Hara after radiating energy and invention as well as scoring from the outside the 18-yard area for the second week running. Coming soon after DJ Campbell's dismissal, it broke Blackpool who already trailed to Matt Jarvis's goal and conceded two more to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake late on.

However, whether O'Hara's transfer becomes more permanent than his skin tone will probably depend on which division Wolves are in come August. He stopped short of saying "the future's bright, the future's old gold" but insisted he was "not even thinking about relegation".

"I'm here to fight and be involved as much as I can and we'll see what happens at the end of the season," said the 24-year-old, who misses Tottenham's visit next Sunday under the rule regarding loan deals. "I think we've got a squad to stay in the Premier League."

O'Hara accepts he has scant prospect of breaking into Harry Redknapp's plans. "I can't see myself playing for Spurs at the moment. They've got a good squad and the manager has never really given me a run of games. I want to go where I'm playing every week and be settled somewhere for three or four years."

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."

Blackpool, whose own healthy glow has faded after seven points from 10 games, face Chelsea a week tonight without both their top scorer and Charlie Adam, who is also suspended.



Booked: Wolves Elokobi. Blackpool Baptiste

Sent off: Blackpool Campbell (43)

Man of the match O'Hara

Referee N Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Att 29,086

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