Barry says City can't afford any more slips

Jon Culley

MANCHESTER City midfielder Gareth Barry accepts there is now no room for error in the title race.

City regained top spot in the Barclays Premier League by coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Stoke on Saturday, but the two dropped points could prove crucial.

Roberto Mancini's men lead Manchester United only on goal difference and their rivals could move three points clear if they beat Fulham in their game in hand tomorrow.

Nevertheless if City win all their remaining eight games - including the derby against United on April 30 - they will still be crowned champions and because of that Barry wants to view the latest result positively.

The 31-year-old said: "We are disappointed because we wanted to win the game but we have got to look at the big picture now and concentrate on the next eight games.

"We were a bit deflated in the dressing room but we have gone a goal down here, which is a really tough place to come, and come back to get a point which keeps us in touching distance.

"It is important now we keep it to no more than the three points for when we do play Manchester United.

"We can't be relying on other teams - we have got to try to win all our games from now until the end of the season.

"That is our target. It is going to be really tough but while it is in our hands it is still possible. We are confident we can do that."