Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has revealed he was congratulated by Sir Alex Ferguson for their Carling Cup victory.

McLeish played for the Manchester United manager with Aberdeen.

Eck said: "I spoke to Sir Alex on the evening of the game. It's always nice when you get an accolade from a mentor.

"I had spoken to him before the game and told him how much I wanted to win my first trophy in England and being totally focused. He said that was exactly the right way to be looking at it."

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