"We'd like to think we can prolong the chase as long as possible," said the centre-back, returning after missing three matches with a gashed ankle.
"If we're going into the final game of the season still in with a chance of Champions League football then we have to look at that as a fantastic season.
"Unfortunately for us it is a season when five or six teams at the top rather than two or three are performing well.
"It seems like Spurs have played well again and won, Arsenal have so everyone seems to be desperate for that fourth spot and we're desperate to be in there as long as possible.
"You can only work with what you are given and I am sure the manager would have loved to have had a lot of money in the January window when we were up there in a better position (they were in the top four in late December) than we are now.
"But it is hard to wish for things which are not going to happen."