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"The win by O'Neill's team had echoes of his mentor Brian Clough"
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Leicester boss Martin O'Neill reviews the action
"I've got a very sore throat"
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Tony Cottee
"I'm really pleased to get my first winners' medal"
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Sunday, 27 February, 2000, 20:21 GMT
Leicester set sights on Europe

Elliott's wife is about to give birth to their fourth child
Martin O'Neill hailed his Worthington Cup winning side as he looked forward to leading them into European competition next season.

Winning at Wembley is just about as good a feeling as you are likely to get

Martin O'Neill
Leicester's Wembley triumph over a gallant Tranmere Rovers was their second league cup win in four seasons and guarantees them a place in the Uefa Cup next season.

"I'm thrilled to bits for the club and the players," said O' Neill.

"And I'm reasonably pleased for myself.

"This means a great deal. In the past couple of seasons we reached three finals and won two of them and in terms of the size of the club we've done splendidly.

Tranmere: Valiant in defeat
"Winning this competition at Wembley is just about as good a feeling as you are likely to get but it is also fantastic that we are in Europe now - and that part will probably only sink in next week."

O'Neill admitted that he would now be turning his attentions to holding on to England striker Emile Heskey, who is reported to be about to sign for Liverpool.

"Heskey is priceless to us," said O'Neill.

"But there are five or six excellent players who have performed heroically over the last five or six seasons."

Elliott: "She was jigging aorund with the best of them when I scored"
Leicester's victory came courtesy of two headed goals from Matt Elliott, whose pregnant wife Cathy is about to give birth to their fourth child.

"I had a little panic because I couldn't see her for the first 10 minutes," said the 31-year-old Scot.

"But everything was okay even though it could have happened - everything else happened on the pitch instead.

"It was a slight worry to be honest, though, and I kept my eye on her whenever there was a lull in the game. But she was jigging around with the best of them at the end.

"Once or twice when we've gone through on penalties she's not too keen on me taking them, so there's been a bit of a flutter here and there - but it didn't do the job.

Tranmere's Gary Jones
Tranmere's ten-men battled bravely
"Scoring the two goals didn't start her off either, but it was a worry.

"So it's been a wonderful day, and hopefully there'll be another wonderful day to come."

Scottish international Elliott, 31, was ineligible for Leicester's last League Cup triumph three years ago.

One player especially delighted at the outcome was Leicester's Tony Cottee, 34, who picked up the first winners' medal of his 17-year career.

"It's absolutely fantastic after all these years - it's made it all worthwhile - it couldn't be more different from last year when we lost to Spurs and I thought my chance of playing in a Wembley final and winning had gone for good.

"I am delighted."

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