Manchester City top scorer Sergio Aguero has vowed to fight on in the Premier League title race.
City moved back within five points of the top as Aguero struck twice in a 4-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion and rivals Manchester United slumped to a shock 1-0 loss at Wigan Athletic last night. With just five games remaining, manager Roberto Mancini claimed it was too little too late but Aguero insists no-one at the Etihad Stadium will give up hope of catching United.
The Argentinian, whose double took his goal tally for the season to 26, said on City TV: "Of course it was important to win, we knew we had to win as at any moment United could drop points, as happened. They dropped three points, which gives us more confidence to fight for the Premier League.
"We have to be focused now for all the remaining games, these five games, try to win, to win points and then [when] United come here hopefully we [will] have won every game. The most important thing is to keep winning, which can only be good."
City still have it in their own hands to take the battle to the last game of the season as they face United on 30 April. And just one more slip-up from United in any of their other four games would put City back in control of their own destiny.
The odds may still be against them, but City's performance last night showed why, for much of the season, they were regarded as firm favourites. Aguero opened the scoring when he lashed home from distance after just six minutes and slipped in a second early in the second half, moments after the crowd signalled they knew United were losing.
Carlos Tevez marked his first start since September with his first goal in 11 months on the hour and David Silva capped a return to form with a sublime fourth. Aguero said the team were aware of the United situation.
The 23-year-old said: "I knew when we were on the pitch because I heard the fans cheering - it was then I realised it must have been a goal for Wigan. The truth is it was a good game, I am happy for the win and the goals. We have to continue like this, we were really good."