Given eyes Spurs takeover
Shay Given admits Manchester City must pick themselves up if they are to finish ahead of Tottenham.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 27/03/10 2:14pm
Shay Given admits Manchester City must pick themselves up if they are to overhaul Tottenham's hold on fourth place in the Premier League.
City had the chance to leapfrog Spurs on Wednesday night, but a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Eastlands meant they remain two points behind the Londoners in fifth place, losing their unbeaten home record in the process.
Having now played the same number of games as Spurs and Aston Villa, also in the hunt for the last UEFA Champions League qualification place, Given concedes the race is wide open.
Struggling Liverpool, very much in danger of losing their grip on their top-four status, have played more games than their rivals in the four-way tussle, but Given expects many twists and turns in the season run-in.
"The whole thing up there is going to keep changing because all the teams have tough games," Given told the club's official website.
"It is too early to say who is going to claim that fourth spot. We are still in the thick of the mix and still fighting that's for sure - and I believe we have a great chance.
"But the key thing for us is to get back to winning ways and get above Tottenham.
"There was not much sleep on Wednesday," he added. "We wanted to win to get above Tottenham.
"But we are still only two points behind them and they still have to play us so there is still a lot to look forward to."
City must wait until Monday to maintain the pace as they welcome an inconsistent Wigan side to Eastlands, but Given is not taking three points for granted.
"Wigan beat Aston Villa away from home right at the start of the season and Liverpool lost to them at the DW Stadium a couple of weeks ago so it is not going to be an easy game," he said.
"But I prefer to think of it as being about what we do," added the Republic of Ireland international.
"Although it would have been nice to play another match straight away after Everton, having a match on Monday does give us a bit of recovery time at least.
"Losing our unbeaten home record was a blow. But we can't afford to mope around. We need to bounce back if we are going to secure fourth spot."