Cherries: Howe pep talk helped O'Kane reach the heights

IMPRESSIVE: Eunan O'Kane

IMPRESSIVE: Eunan O'Kane

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CHERRIES star Eunan O’Kane has revealed that a no-nonsense pep talk from Eddie Howe helped get his Dean Court career up and running.

The former Everton scholar says a straight-talking chat with Howe left him in no doubt as to what was required to flourish in the Cherries midfield.

Since being given his chance by Howe, O’Kane’s form has been one of the driving forces behind Cherries’ push for League One honours.

The summer signing from Torquay, who has started 11 games in a row, has caught the eye by netting three goals and providing five assists.

And O’Kane credits the demands of Howe with putting him on the right track to proving his credentials.

He told the Daily Echo: “Before I played against Carlisle, he sat me down and said ‘I need to demand things of you physically if you want to play in there (central midfield) in a two’.

“He basically told me if I couldn’t do it, then I wouldn’t play. Thankfully, I went in and managed to do what he required of me.

“He said he didn’t want to have me as a luxury player who could only play in the hole or in a three.

“He said he needed me to prove that I could play in a two and that requires doing a lot of the dirty work.

“But he also said he didn’t have any doubt about my footballing ability, it was just the uglier side he needed convincing on. Hopefully, I have now managed to convince him I can do that and I will stay in the team for quite a while.”

O’Kane, who lives in Parkstone, hit the headlines for the wrong reasons after conceding a bizarre penalty in Cherries’ 3-1 League One defeat at Walsall on Saturday.

The midfielder saw referee Andy Davies point to the spot after he had picked up the ball, thinking the official had already blown for a foul.

Now able to smile about it, O’Kane quipped: “I was sitting in my bedroom on Wednesday and my girlfriend was crying with laughter in the living room so I went in to see what she was doing, and she was watching it on the laptop!

“She had a good giggle at it and was nearly crying on the floor as she found it that funny, but it was safe to say I didn’t really find it funny at that stage.”

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7:42am Fri 25 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Hands in your pockets tommorrow please Eunan ;-)

3 more points 2moz boys, lets keep the pressure on the other teams in the play-off zone!

UTC!
Hands in your pockets tommorrow please Eunan ;-) 3 more points 2moz boys, lets keep the pressure on the other teams in the play-off zone! UTC! TedMacsCherryPants
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7:45am Fri 25 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD
Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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8:11am Fri 25 Jan 13

AFCBade says...

Interesting to see what happens when macdonald returns to full fitness
Interesting to see what happens when macdonald returns to full fitness AFCBade
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8:13am Fri 25 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD
Yes we are all prone to the odd mistake, you just have to learn to HANDLE it. Oops, couldn't resist.!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yes we are all prone to the odd mistake, you just have to learn to HANDLE it. Oops, couldn't resist.!!!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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9:17am Fri 25 Jan 13

lymicherry says...

It is no coincidence that a player who looked no more than a makeweight under PG is now a pivotal performer under EH. With his work ethic and burgeoning talent, O'Kane is a pleasure to watch and is arguably the very heartbeat of the team right now.
It is no coincidence that a player who looked no more than a makeweight under PG is now a pivotal performer under EH. With his work ethic and burgeoning talent, O'Kane is a pleasure to watch and is arguably the very heartbeat of the team right now. lymicherry
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11:36am Fri 25 Jan 13

abc100 says...

AFCBade wrote:
Interesting to see what happens when macdonald returns to full fitness
Don't start the I hate Harry Arter fan club off
[quote][p][bold]AFCBade[/bold] wrote: Interesting to see what happens when macdonald returns to full fitness[/p][/quote]Don't start the I hate Harry Arter fan club off abc100
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12:56pm Fri 25 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD
Yes we are all prone to the odd mistake, you just have to learn to HANDLE it. Oops, couldn't resist.!!!!!!
Guys there is one poster on here who never make mistakes or gets it wrong! when he does get it wrong he tries to wriggle out of it by justifying what he says. I am not going to make a mistake by naming him but as the saying goes if the cap fits wear it!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Eunan your a very talented player and it's a privilege to watch you. Have to say I don't think I'm alone when I say your size was a concern for the reasons Eddie gave, so it's a real pleasure that you've been able to prove yourself. As for picking the ball up... Well, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, and yours was an easy one to make... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yes we are all prone to the odd mistake, you just have to learn to HANDLE it. Oops, couldn't resist.!!!!!![/p][/quote]Guys there is one poster on here who never make mistakes or gets it wrong! when he does get it wrong he tries to wriggle out of it by justifying what he says. I am not going to make a mistake by naming him but as the saying goes if the cap fits wear it!!!!! nonnogeppetto
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3:53pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

He has certainly seized the opportunity created by Shaun's injury and is our most improved player. A nice dilema for Eddie once Shaun is fit again. Another tough game on Saturday, Crewe are in the midst of a good run, one loss in their last five games, looks a near sell out too, even though the "away fans" area has been reduced, thanks to the reduced prices, as are the next three home games, anyone thinking of going to them, should get their tickets quickly.
He has certainly seized the opportunity created by Shaun's injury and is our most improved player. A nice dilema for Eddie once Shaun is fit again. Another tough game on Saturday, Crewe are in the midst of a good run, one loss in their last five games, looks a near sell out too, even though the "away fans" area has been reduced, thanks to the reduced prices, as are the next three home games, anyone thinking of going to them, should get their tickets quickly. Square Old Codger
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8:43pm Fri 25 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

When Eunan first played for us Torquay fans were well annoyed to have lost him and could see why. Then the groves effect took hold and he lost his game playing to his useless tactics, Eddie comes back has a word with him and hes back to his best, not sure if he will keep his place when Macdonald is fit, tough choice for the Boss,
When Eunan first played for us Torquay fans were well annoyed to have lost him and could see why. Then the groves effect took hold and he lost his game playing to his useless tactics, Eddie comes back has a word with him and hes back to his best, not sure if he will keep his place when Macdonald is fit, tough choice for the Boss, jakeysredd
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