Shaun wants fans to play their part
- 20 February 2010 10:31
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Shaun Wright-Phillips is calling on City's fans to roar the Blues on to success in Sunday's crucial clash with Liverpool.
Both sides are targeting fourth place to secure a spot in next season's Champions League and a win for City would give them breathing space over their rivals with a game still in hand.
The 'sold out' signs have gone up at the City of Manchester Stadium and Shaun wants Blues fans to pump up the volume to make life difficult for the visitors.
"It's an old saying, but the fans really can be like a 12th man for us," he declares. "12 against 11 is not easy when the crowd are against you, and our fans are always fantastic. I really hope they get right behind us on Sunday.
If we win then it's down to us to lose fourth place, we have been chasing it all season with games in hand. But we are now in fourth place, we still have a game in hand and we're in the driving seat.
The Blues are unbeaten at home this season and were briefly ahead of Sunday's visitors when the two teams met at Anfield in November. That game ended 2-2 but our performance that day, coupled with our formidable record on home turf, gives the 28-year-old flyer plenty to be confident about.
"Everybody knows how good a team Liverpool are," he adds, "so we need to go into this game with the same attitude we had when we went to Anfield. We nicked a point at Anfield, it could and maybe should have been all three, and they are coming to our place where a lot of teams have failed. I don't see why we can't keep our good run at home going against them.
"The other top clubs have all lost here this season, we're making this place a bit of a fortress like we did at times last season. You have to have good home form if you want to get into the top four, we're consistent at home and if we can keep that up we are giving ourselves a great chance.
"I think Liverpool could attack us which could play into our hands, so we have to be careful that we don't concede. If we keep a clean sheet we have a real chance of beating them, it's very rare that we don't score."