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Hart: City definitely still in the race

April 14, 2012 11:16:36 UK

Goalkeeper Joe Hart has confessed Manchester City's players are refusing to listen to manager Roberto Mancini as they bid to stay in the Premier League title hunt.

But before Blues supporters start thinking it is the latest problem to hit the club, the England goalkeeper is simply bucking his manager's assertion that the title race is over.

In the same way that United never gave up chasing us, we'll never give up either, never.

Joe Hart

The Italian raised eyebrows when he dismissed his team's chances of landing the Premier League trophy, despite Wednesday's 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium.

Coupled with leaders Manchester United losing at Wigan Athletic, the gap was closed to five points and could be down to just two if City beat Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

City are 1.50 to win at Norwich, 4.33 to be held to a draw and 1.10 to recover and pip United the title by the end of the season.

And Hart insists nobody in the City dressing room is refusing to accept Mancini's word for it. The keeper said: "That's never the case. He can say want he wants. Our underlying feeling is that we need to win.

"In the same way that United never gave up chasing us, we'll never give up either, never. If we can get to 89 points it would take some beating. We can only do what we can do now and we'll see where it takes us.

"The season is alive. Even if, God forbid, we were already out of it, we would still be fighting. There are still games to play, we have still got to play United."

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