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McLeish Enjoyed Wembley Win

McLeish Enjoyed Wembley Win

Alex McLeish watched his side win the Carling Cup against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday and took great delight that his side had been branded massive underdogs to lift the cup.

Substitute Obafemi Martins sealed the victory for Blues when he pounced on an 89th-minute gift after a mix up in the Arsenal defence.

Arsenal had been overwhelming favourites to pick up the trophy after a six year wait, Birmingham weren`t given a hope of defeating the challengers to the Premier League title.

But defender Laurent Koscielny and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny didn`t seem too aware of that as they allowed Martins to secure Birmingham's first major trophy since 1963 and send the travelling army of Bluenoses absolutely mad.

Birmingham led with a header from striker Nikola Zigic but Arsenal levelled matters through Robin van Persie and everyone thought that an Arsenal victory was then a certainty.

'It feels like the greatest ever (moment), in terms of personal achievement, when you consider the team we were up against,' McLeish told the television cameras after the game.

'We weren't given a prayer today and I said myself that Arsenal would win nine times out of 10. But we believed. It was a titanic performance.

'We had a gameplan and managed to get our noses in front, that gives you a great chance.

'We thought if we could keep in it for as long as we could we'd get the quick guys on who can win it for us (Martins and Cameron Jerome).

'We didn't deal with the equaliser well. Roger Johnson could have let it run out for a throw-in but he kept it in play. Too many of us were out of position and Robin van Persie's movement for the goal was magnificent.

'But no doubt you need a little bit of luck - and we deserved it today.'



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Writer:Foxxy
Date:Monday February 28 2011
Time: 7:59AM

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Just repeating my message..but every player was fantastic, especially Carr, Foster, even the fat boy(the sub) on the left wing.. Well done blues..my first away game wa\s at your place in the FA cup in 1971...we lost 3-1...any way enjpoy the day, we did in 2008...well done Play Up Pompey
plymouth graham
28/02/2011 08:12:00
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Good mornin ! Are we happy ? Its started ! Carling cup a micky mouse cup according to the vile ! Didnt seem that way last season when they LOST in the final ! Well done blue boys you did us proud and this is the START of our sucsess and of WINNING TROPHIES KRO SOTV
Jack Regan
28/02/2011 08:29:00
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Fantastic result! Nice to see Stephen Carr finally pick up that trophy he left to get. Some great football played and a well deserved mention in carling cup history. Congratulations Birmingham, and enjoy European competition!
Dave the Yid
28/02/2011 08:54:00
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Think you are missing the point Jack (and as per other article, congrats etc... not a bitter Villan) ... last year when we were at the final a lot of blue noses were saying it was mickey mouse, especially as we've won it so often... now you've won those blue noses aren't saying it. Thing is, surely now is the time to be celebrating and enjoying it instead of going on about *****ting on the villa etc? You won, it was a great win, you beat us on the way and your lot wanted it more. Simples. There is way way too much (now on both sides) of this obsession !
The Fear
28/02/2011 09:41:00
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oh and it isn't mickey mouse (don't care which side say it) it is a great day out and you could see on the faces of the Arsenal players and fans, they wanted it just as much. Bet the London media were gutted, they don't like talking about Midlands clubs do they?!
The Fear
28/02/2011 09:53:00
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Deserved winners,well done guys,great game to watch as a rent a blue for the day.To be honest I thought at half time you'd probably missed your chance,you should have been at least a goal to the good and playing against ten,things which thankfully didn't matter in the end.Well done again and hope the hangovers aren't to bad this morning.
CoxintheBox
28/02/2011 13:50:00
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Thanks Blues for making my weekend and loads of money too. Couldnt believe it when I saw that Birmingham were 8/1 with betfair. Truly a great and well-deserved win.
ParkLane67
01/03/2011 14:11:00
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