Fabian Delph has urged his Manchester City teammates to fight for victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday, per the Manchester Evening News.
The England midfielder was not involved in Wednesday’s draw against Everton at the Etihad Stadium, but said the team needed to move on from the disappointment:
I felt we’d done enough to win the game and I think it’s a pretty fair shout to say we should have been awarded a penalty as well. Yaya had a good chance but the keeper made a great save but overall, we created enough chances to have taken all the points but if you can’t win, you have to make sure you don’t lose. We took a point out of it and now we move on to the next game.
Delph has been a relatively peripheral figure in the side this term, but will likely find himself more involved in the coming weeks as the fixtures pile up for the Blues.
Next up for City is Crystal Palace at home on Saturday, and Delph believes the team can get back to winning ways against Alan Pardew’s men.
Palace are a good team with some very athletic players so we’ll be in for a tough afternoon, but with the quality we have here, I don’t think any poses a threat to us at home. We can eliminate their strengths and then use our own strengths to win the game.
A win against Palace would put City top of the table before current leaders Arsenal and Leicester City play again, and Delph said matters in the Premier League can still get better for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
It’s been a strange season so far regarding the points the leading teams have got on the scoreboard so far. Every week teams around us seem to be dropping points at the same time we do so as long as it stays like that or we put the points on the board and they don’t, it will eventually work in our favour.