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My greatest achievement

Alex McLeish has ranked Birmingham City winning the Carling Cup as his ‘greatest achievement’, after his Blues side’s dramatic last-minute victory at Wembley yesterday afternoon.

Birmingham beat Arsenal 2-1 thanks to goals from Nikola Zigic and Obefemi Martins’ last-gasp winner, securing them their first trophy since winning the same competition in 1963, and former Rangers manager McLeish says that it tops anything he did with the Glasgow giants.

‘I am so pleased for the fans, they have craved victory for a long time,’ McLeish told BBC Sport. ‘Relatively speaking, it is my greatest achievement. For a small club like ours to beat Arsenal was a titanic effort.

‘With Rangers I was expected to win trophies, even though it is difficult against Celtic. To come to England and for a club like Birmingham to beat the might of Arsenal is a dream come true.

‘It is especially so for the fans who have had a long wait, those long-suffering Blues fans. No-one gave us a prayer, we were underdogs but sometimes the bookies don't get it right. After the goal I really did have the vision of the cup in my hands.’

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