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MAHER | "To achieve what we did will make it go down in history."

7 November 2016

Blues midfielder looks back on Man United triumph

It’s 10 years ago today that Blues pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the EFL Cup, beating Manchester United 1-0.

A close to full-strength United team including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Darren Fletcher, Alan Smith and Gabriel Heinze were undone on the half hour mark by a sensational 30-yard Freddy Eastwood free-kick

Former Blues midfielder Kevin Maher, who was captain that night, said it goes down as one of the best games in the club’s history.

“When you look back it’s right up there,” he said.

“It’s going to go down as one of the greatest games in the club’s history, but in terms of importance I’ve been involved in more important ones.

“The Play-Off Final against Lincoln, the away game at Swansea when we got promoted to the Championship, we’ve been at other finals so there were a few others.

“A cup game against Man United is a free hit and to achieve what we did will make it go down in history.”

Maher, who made 450 appearances in a Blues shirt, has great memories of the night and the build-up prior to facing Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

“It was a packed Roots Hall with a great buzz around the place, real excitement around the town as well,” he added.

“Having Man United come to our place for the first time in our history, to get the result was incredible.

“I think the atmosphere beforehand, the number of fans that were at the game and excitement when you see the team sheet and the names on it.

“That gave us a buzz, and the fans as well, when you see names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney involved.

“You hope that they don’t play kids because you want to play against the best players.

“And it wasn’t a fluke either.

“You have to ride your luck at times, you need your keeper to be on form, which Flavs was that night and we were solid enough.

“We were going through a bad patch in the league so it was a nice break from that.

“We had a few playing out of position as well, I think we got an injury early on so to come through it was incredible. It was a great team effort.”

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