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INTERVIEW: Callum O'Hare on Birmingham win, goals and comeback

The midfielder scored twice against Birmingham...

8 December 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Callum O'Hare on Birmingham win, goals and comeback

The midfielder scored twice against Birmingham...

8 December 2023

Callum O’Hare scored twice as the Sky Blues beat Birmingham City on Friday night in Championship action.

O'Hare scored his first goals for the Club since returning from injury, with his last goals also coming against Birmingham City in 2022.

Speaking after the final whistle, O'Hare couldn't contain his joy at getting himself back on the scoresheet.

Thoughts straight after the win…

“I am on top of the world! I do not think my friends and family will be too happy but I am buzzing. It is what I have been waiting for all this time.

“I am so happy. You do not understand how bad it feels unless you are injured, how bad it is. To go out there when I am not one hundred percent yet, I am just over the moon!"

Whether or not he knew we was going to score…

“Ask my mum, I said ‘Mum I am scoring two goals today!’

“Remember ages ago when he (Laurent Blanc) used to kiss (Fabien) Barthez’ head, I said to my dad ‘come here and let me kiss that head!’ I kissed his head before the game twice and scored two goals. So now every game now I have to kiss my dad’s head!

“This time it worked. I do not know what it was but yes, I am so happy.”

On his first and second goals…

“I knew I had to keep it low and the only thing I could do was toe-poke it so I toe-poked it through his legs I think and obviously the keeper could not see it.

“And the second one, was more like me!

“I was just lurking and I thought Ellis (Simms) was going to hit it and it skimmed his stud a little bit so I could not hit it first time. So I touched it and moved it, waiting for them to jump in and I finished it!

“I wanted the match ball. I said to the gaffer I wanted that ball! Next game maybe.”

How Mark Robins has managed his fitness…

“When I first came on against Rotherham, I thought I did well but then in other games I do not think I did enough to start them. So last week I did not play that well, but tonight I showed that I can play in the next and get more minutes.

“The manager has managed me well which is good. I always want to play but I think during the time I was out, it was good to keep calm and feed me in a little bit.”

On Southampton…

“The clean sheets are something we have been working on. We are obviously still creating chances, our confidence is high so who knows.

“They are a good team and have come down from the Premier League, but we aim to win every single match so let’s go!”

How he will celebrate tonight…

“People think with me I will go out and go crazy but because I put everything into the games I just go home and die!

“All the energy is gone and I just sit there because it is a long day when you play in the evening. You cannot do anything before the game, I am just too excited to do anything!

“I will go home and see my family, my friends will be out and probably angry with me so I will just chill and get ready for the next game.”

On how it feels playing Friday games…

“I love Friday night games! Because then I can actually watch the weekends football. I love watching the three o’clock games on Gillete. I cannot usually do that but this weekend I can be a fan so it is good.”


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