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A 'must-win game' - Daws

Posted on 6 May 2011  - 12:00

Michael Dawson is under no illusions - he knows we have to beat Blackpool on Saturday to keep our top-four dream alive.

A 'must-win game' - Daws

Michael Dawson is under no illusions - he knows we have to beat Blackpool on Saturday to keep our top-four dream alive.

We go into the early-evening match - kick-off 5.30pm at the Lane - seven points behind Manchester City, who currently sit in fourth place.

City face a tough trip to in-form Everton on Saturday and we then meet at Eastlands on Tuesday.

But Blackpool are first and skipper Michael knows we're in for another tough afternoon.

The Tangerines are scrapping for their lives in the Premier League and beat us 3-1 at Bloomfield Road in February.

"We have to win, simple as that," said the skipper. "We’re still going for fourth spot. It’s a must, must win on Saturday and then we’ll go to City, hopefully give them a good game as well and hopefully get the win there.

"We have to concentrate on Saturday first and make sure we get the three points. Nothing else will do for us.

"Blackpool got off to a flying start and all the neutrals were delighted for them.

"They’ve played their football and they will be fighting for their lives as well, so we have to be ready.

"We’ve got to win. It’s a big game for us, a big three points, we’re still in the hunt for fourth and we won’t be giving up."

Michael admitted Saturday's defeat at Chelsea still hurt and that the team were right behind Heurelho Gomes after the goalkeeper's unfortunate slip led to Frank Lampard's controversial equaliser just before half-time.

"Football’s not always an easy game," he said. "Gomes is a top, top goalkeeper and we'll pick him up and make sure we’re all behind him.

"I’ve been in that position after making a mistake and believe me, it’s not nice. It’s hard and confidence can be knocked.

"We’ll all get around him. He’s pulled us out of trouble on so many occasions and I’m sure he’ll do it again."