Ben Foster: How I became Carling Cup hero

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Carling Cup final hero Ben Foster has revealed that he received some help from a slightly unlikely source in the lead-in to the shoot-out against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The Manchester United custodian saved Spurs' opening spot-kick from Jamie O’Hara to set up Sir Alex Ferguson’s team for victory.

Foster then saw David Bentley crack his penalty wide as United netted all four of their kicks.

"Just before the shoot-out I was looking at an iPod with goalkeeping coach Eric Steele," the England stopper explained. "On it were images of Spurs taking penalties.

"I’d been told if O’Hara took a kick that he would probably go to my left. It was great that was exactly what happened and I managed to get a hand to it."

He added: "I did an awful lot of research on who takes penalties for Spurs.

"I’d been given a lot of information on which way they put kicks.

"The iPod is Eric’s innovation. It’s an amazing tool, you can brush up straight away."

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