captain Gary McAllister is desperate to secure three points against Wimbledon on Saturday
to avoid his worst nightmare a do or die clash with his former club.
The Sky Blues face Leeds on the final day of the season and McAllister is urging his
team mates to make sure they have achieved survival before that fixture.
"All the players here want to be playing Premier League football next season and
it is vital that we get enough points on the board to be safe before we go into that last
game against Leeds United.
"There is always going to be pressure at this stage of the season and it is going
to be the teams that handle it the best that survive."
The former Scotland skipper is also aware that his side are currently thankful to their
relegation rivals for keeping them out of the mire.
"Weve been trying to get on with it by our own results and our own
performances, but the fact is that other teams have been helping us by losing as well.
"It just shows you how important the Easter week was for the club when we picked
up six points because that gave us a cushion and although we have not got any results
since, we still have that cushion."
However, the 34-year-old midfielder has warned that Wimbledon will not be an easy
prospect, especially with the return of their ailing manager.
"I see that Joe Kinnear is up and around the training ground again and he will be
expecting a response from his players because of that," he commented. "Its
not a case of Wimbledons season being over, they will be looking for three points
and we cannot expect them to lie down and die."
McAllister will step straight back into Citys midfield after sitting out the 1-0
defeat at Leicester due to a one-match suspension imposed on him for reaching five yellow
Noel Whelan will also return from suspension. He was handed the ban for the Leicester
game by an FA disciplinary committee because he has been yellow-carded 11 times this