O'Hara backing for Roman
Jamie O'Hara hopes Roman Pavlyuchenko will be able to take the Premier League by storm.
Last Updated: 25/09/08 10:28pm
Jamie O'Hara hopes Roman Pavlyuchenko will be able to take the Premier League by storm after opening his Tottenham account.
The Russian striker, who moved to White Hart Lane from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day, was making his third appearance for the club in Wednesday's Carling Cup clash at Newcastle.
He powerfully headed home Aaron Lennon's cross to set Spurs on their way to a 2-1 victory and O'Hara was delighted for his new team-mate.
The 22-year-old midfielder understands that it has been a difficult few weeks for Pavlyuchenko but he believes the goal will help him enormously.
"It's probably been a tough start for him," O'Hara told the club's official website.
"His English isn't very good but he's a real character and we all know he'll be a great signing for the club.
"It's great for him to get off the mark, it was an important goal and hopefully that will help settle him down."
O'Hara netted the second goal for Spurs after dispossessing Steven Taylor and coolly slotting a shot past Shay Given, but he admits it was a nervous moment.
"The panic button was firmly pressed when I went through," he said.
"Shay Given is strong one on one so I decided I wasn't going to go around him. I tried to get as close as I could and not give him any time to react.
"It was great to get on the scoresheet and a great result for us."
O'Hara added: "I thought we were solid in the first half and then in the second half was came out a bit more, pressed them, put them under pressure and showed what we can do.
"When you are under pressure you stick together as a team and we did that at Newcastle. We're all working hard for each other."