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Carlo's target

Posted on 17 May 2011  - 12:00

Carlo Cudicini is determined to finish the season with a flourish in front of our fans - but has warned of a tough test ahead against Birmingham City.

Carlo's target

Carlo Cudicini is determined to finish the season with a flourish in front of our fans - but has warned of a tough test ahead against Birmingham City.

It's all to play for in the 4pm kick-off at the Lane on Sunday.

We need a win to secure fifth place ahead of Liverpool - who travel to Villa - and clinch European football again next season.

However, Birmingham desperately need the points as they try to avoid relegation.

Following Sunday's home defeat by Fulham, the Blues are 17th in the table and one of three teams on 39 points, with Blackburn and Wolves just a point ahead.

"It would be a great achievement to finish fifth," said Carlo, who was naturally delighted to keep a clean sheet in our first win at Liverpool since 1993 on Sunday.

"It won’t be easy against Birmingham though because they are still fighting for their lives.

"It’s our last home game of the season and we want to say thanks to the supporters in a nice way. They were unbelievable again at Anfield, they help us so much and hopefully we can finish well for them."

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Carlo had words of praise for the team's defensive effort in Sunday's 2-0 win at Anfield.

It was a mark of our performance that the Italian goalkeeper actually had little to do against a team in such good form.

"Everyone did a great job," he added. "Danny was unbelievable at left-back, Daws as usual and Ledley back in the team again. He’s unbelievable.

"It was a great result, a great performance and really good day for us, especially after a few disappointing results lately.

"To go to Anfield, play good football and win 2-0 against a team that has been doing so well in the last three or four months was fantastic."