Kolo Toure believes that collective willpower and a few well chosen words saw the Blues home against a spirited Newcastle challenge.
The City defender admitted that there were a lot of tired legs after the win over Chelsea and the Europa League draw with Juventus earlier in the week.
“Newcastle put up a hard fight and were tough opponents,” admitted Toure.
“It was difficult after Thursday because we had only two days to recover and work. We started the game slowly and we were not pleased with that. Then we conceded a sloppy goal.
“The right things were said at half time, the manager had the right words and we worked harder in the second half and we are really happy that we got the three points.”
Toure is too wise to take any notice of the league table especially as October has only just dawned but he is aware too that momentum is vital in a long season.
To go into the international break with three wins in succession in the league is a big bonus
...Kolo Toure on win over Magpies
“We are second in the league and that should give everyone confidence to come back and try to make sure our standards do not slip and that we find the consistency we need to sustain a challenge.
“If we work hard then we can maintain that challenge. The great thing for us is that we are still a new team and there is still a lot of improvement to come this season – I am sure of that. So to be second at this stage is a really good thing.
“We are happy with what we are doing and happy with the way we are defending as a team. There are still some mistakes we can avoid but Vincent Kompany and myself feel comfortable in the way we are gelling as a partnership.
“Vincent is a very intelligent footballer who is great to play alongside. We all know the importance of having a sound defence and the whole team is playing its part in that regard.”