Birmingham City won their first major trophy since the 1963 League Cup with a last-second 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Wembley. Nikola Žigić got the opener for Brum in the 28th minute but was quickly equalized by Robin Van Persie just eleven minutes later. The score held until a dreadful exchange between Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczęsny gave new boy Obafemi Martins the chance to score the match- and Cup-winning goal in the 89th minute. Martins, on loan from Rubin Kazan, did not even debut with the Blues until February 12, yet will be a hero in club lore after scoring the deciding goal. For Arsenal the defeat is stunning and one fraught with frustration. The Gunners were short two of their most dynamic players in Theo Walcott and Cesc Fàbregas after both sustained injuries in a recent Premier League game. Still, for a side with ambitions for every major trophy this season, losing out on what would have been the easiest is surely disappointing.
Newcastle United 1 – Bolton Wanderers 1
Aston Villa 4 – Blackburn Rovers 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 – Blackpool 0
Wigan Athletic 0 – Manchester United 4
Everton 2 – Sunderland 0
West Ham United 3 – Liverpool 1
Manchester City 1 – Fulham 1