Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted he will gladly settle for a narrow victory against Manchester United on Saturday after seeing his vibrant side score 14 goals in three games.
Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice in the 5-1 victory against Birmingham at Eastlands, with Nedum Onuoha also on target.
City go into the derby in good heart after cementing fourth place in the table - Liverpool could only draw with Fulham - which brings the reward of a Champions League place.
"I think it is impossible to continue scoring three or four goals in the next game. We will try, but if we win 1-0 I will be happy," said Mancini.
"If we have 1-0 victories in the next five games that will be good for us. Of course we have respect for United but we want to win this game as it is an important one for us.
"First of all though, we have to recover from this game as we have used up a lot of energy."
Mancini, who hopes Patrick Vieira can recover from a knee problem in time for the derby, added: "We changed the tempo after 20 minutes and scored three goals before half-time.
"Carlos and Emmanuel are two fantastic strikers and if they continue to play like this our chances of fourth place will be better."
Birmingham have now failed to win in six league games and manager Alex McLeish said: "It was a strange game, but when top clubs click they can do that to you.
"We defended badly in some situations, especially the goals in the second half. But we have the capacity to bounce back. We have shown it in the past many times.
"I will call it a blip and challenge the players to win the next game against Hull."
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