Joleon Lescott has urged Manchester City supporters not to 'get carried away’ after they moved to the verge of their first league title in over 40 years with a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Yaya Toure broke the deadlock against Newcastle after a nervy 70 minutes before striking again a minute before time, much to City’s relief as they moved to within one win of their first league triumph since 1968.
They face former boss Mark Hughes’ QPR side on the final day of the season next weekend with the Hoops fighting for survival, and Lescott has warned both his team-mates and the club’s supporters that victory on Sunday is by no means a formality.
"It's a massive game at the weekend. It's not all over yet but, if we could close the title out, it would be unreal," Lescott told reporters.
"You dream of these things. I never once thought: 'Yeah, I'm bound to win the Premier League'. But it was always in my mind. It will be crazy days if we win it. We've been nervous at times this season but we deserve to be up there.
"I'd say to our fans, keep a lid on it this week and let's not get carried away.
"If it happens on Sunday, they can celebrate then. It's in our hands but there's another vital game to go."
City had appeared dead and buried in the title race having fallen eight points behind rivals Manchester United last month, but staged a dramatic comeback culminating in a 1-0 over Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the Manchester derby last week.
Now the two sides sit level on points with City’s superior goal difference putting them in the driving seat, and Lescott puts the turnaround down to a ‘growing feeling’ that they could land a maiden Premier League crown.
“When I first arrived here (from Everton in 2009) it was more hope that we could win the league rather than real belief," he added.
"But we've developed and got more players and are all starting to really believe. It's developed over a period of time.
"It's been a growing feeling."