Milner a team player
James Milner admits he is frustrated by his lack of playing time, but insists Man City winning matches is the most important thing.
Last Updated: 27/04/12 9:42am
James Milner admits he is frustrated by his lack of playing time at Manchester City, but insists that the team winning matches is the most important thing.
The England international started the season as a regular in the City side, helping them storm to the top of the table, but recently he has fallen out of favour, starting just two of the last 10 league games.
Milner is likely to be on the bench once again on Monday when Manchester United visit the Etihad Stadium for a potential title decider, but the midfielder is staying positive.
"It's frustrating, because you want to play every game," he told the Daily Mirror.
"But the manager picks the team and all you can do is play as well as you can in training - and in games when you're given the chance.
"We've got a great squad of players and competition is high for places, but the most important thing is winning matches.
"It's not about individuals. As long as we're winning, that's the important thing. I'll keep working hard and contribute as much as I can."
There have been well publicised rifts in the Manchester City squad this season, however Milner insists they have the unity and team spirit to win the Premier League this season.
"We're a close bunch of lads," he added. "It's one of the tightest dressing-rooms I've been in.
"As a group of players, we all get on well. We've got players from all over the world, speaking different languages, and everyone gets involved in the banter and has fun.
"I think that's misunderstood outside of the dressing room. If you're in there, the lads are great. We do things together - we play golf together and we'll go out and have a meal together.
"That's not just the English lads or the South American lads. It's everyone together. And that's the way it's been since I've been there.
"We'll keep fighting to the end," he said. "Maybe we don't have the experience of being there as a team. But it's not over yet. We'll keep fighting and there's every chance we can still get there.
"The derby has huge significance. You have that added excitement, pressure, will to win and the fans will be right up for it."