YOU’VE COTT TO HELP US! Jo begs Tof­fees to stick it to United


Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 - By SEAN RAFTER

JOLEON LESCOTT is call­ing on his for­mer team-mates to do him a mas­sive favour as the Man City de­fender in­sists: “Our sea­son isn’t dead yet!”

Manch­ester United, eight points clear at the top with six games to play, could be crowned cham­pi­ons as early as Sun­day.

For that to hap­pen City would have to lose tonight and away to Nor­wich on Satur­day.

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s side would also have to win at Wi­gan tonight and at home to Villa in four days.

But Lescott is re­fus­ing to con­cede de­feat in the ti­tle race – de­spite Roberto Mancini’s side squan­der­ing a five-point lead at the sum­mit.

Lescott has vowed to carry on fight­ing – and he wants his for­mer team-mates at Ever­ton to help him out.

The Tof­fees are away to United on April 22 be­fore the crunch Manch­ester derby at the Eti­had on April 30. And Lescott knows that the ti­tle race could be turned up­side­down with two games to go if the Tof­fees pull off a shock at Old Traf­ford and City go on to beat their big ri­vals.

Lescott, who spent three years at Good­i­son be­fore a £22mil­lion move to City in Au­gust 2009, said: “There’ll def­i­nitely be a bit more than text mes­sages to Good­i­son Park, maybe phone calls.

“It’s out of our hands now but we can dic­tate how we fin­ish in the league and how close to United we fin­ish.

“It’s def­i­nitely not over. We’re go­ing to keep push­ing un­til the end. We owe that to the club and es­pe­cially to the fans.

“We’re go­ing to keep fight­ing un­til the end and hope­fully some of the teams that are in the rel­e­ga­tion scrap will help us out against United.”

Bonkers City striker Mario Balotelli is sus­pended for tonight’s game with the Bag­gies af­ter his sendin­goff in the 1-0 de­feat at Arse­nal on Sun­day.

And Yaya Toure is un­likely to play af­ter pick­ing up a knee in­jury in the same game.

David Silva is also a doubt with a sim­i­lar prob­lem.

West Brom de­fender Liam Ridgewell says Ben Foster (be­low left) is ev­ery bit as good as Man City and Eng­land No.1 Joe Hart.

Foster’s Bag­gies team-mate Ridgewell also played with the pair at Birm­ing­ham.

And he in­sists the for­mer Man United stop­per be­longs in the same league as Hart de­spite his decision to rule him­self out of Eng­land duty.

Ridgewell said: “Fozzy did it for his own rea­sons – he wanted to pro­long his ca­reer with his in­juries.

“If he keep play­ing like he has been, hope­fully he will keep go­ing.

“Eng­land have got two great keep­ers in Joe Hart and Ben.

“I’ve played with them both and there isn’t much be­tween them in terms of qual­ity.

“I think Ben had a few in­juries and just wanted to con­cen­trate on his club ca­reer – and since he’s made that decision, he’s been fan­tas­tic for us.”

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