YOU’VE COTT TO HELP US! Jo begs Toffees to stick it to United
MANCHESTER CITY v WEST BROM Kick-off 7.45pm
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.”