Carling Cup Final 2011 - Birmingham City 2 Arsenal 1
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It was a game full of drama, from the first to the last. Lee Bowyer brought down inside the box within two minutes, but no penalty or red card for Arsenal keeper, Szczesny, just an incorrectly raised offside flag that could have been so costly.
Blues were hungry, desperate for success and giant striker, Nikola Zigic, produced a deft flick header to give them the lead. Van Persie equalised before the break and a tense second half seemed certain to end deadlocked, meaning extra time and perhaps penalties.
But six minutes after coming on as a substitute, Martins was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on Arsenal indecision and score the easiest, but the most important goal of his career.
Its been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait to see Stephen Carr lift the famous three-handled trophy, that not only provides a passage to European football, but says Alex McLeish’s Blues are the 2011 Carling Cup winners!
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