Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has insisted that they will not give up on retaining their Premier League, despite sitting 12 points behind rivals Man United.
The title holders were beaten 2-0 by Everton at Goodison Park as their chances of overhauling their neighbours who sit top of the table became slimmer.
But Platt is adamant his men will be trying their hardest to catch Sir Alex Ferguson’s side over the next nine games.
He said: “Regardless of what happens when Manchester United play Reading of course losing makes [winning the Premier League] more difficult.
“We’ve not been shouting from the rooftops, it was tough enough anyway.
“12 points is a significant advantage that Manchester United have got but that doesn’t stop us from looking, between now and the end of the season, to win every football match both in the FA Cup and the Premier League.
“Even when it’s mathematically impossible there is a professionalism that you’ve got to play for.”