Kolo Toure believes Manchester City need to beat Newcastle United and send out a strong message to their Premier League opposition which says they are genuine title contenders.
The 29-year-old has been heartened by impressive wins against Liverpool and Chelsea this season.
However the Ivory Coast defender wants more consistency when they face teams who are not classed as the 'big four' having lost to Sunderland and drawn with Blackburn.
The former Arsenal centre-back expects there to be no slip-ups when Chris Hughton's newly-promoted side visit Eastlands on Sunday.
"We just need to be consistent in our results. The Newcastle game is really important because we need to show we have improved," said Toure.
"Every time we play a big team we play well, but when we play a team we are supposed to beat we struggle a bit. We hope to change that on Sunday."
Toure will have his work cut out against in-form Magpies striker Andy Carroll, who has already weighed in with four goals this term.
"Andy Carroll is a really tough player. I have played against strikers like him many times in my career. It will be a good battle," the City centre-half said.
Pablo Zabaleta will miss the match through a hamstring strain which could mean a recall for Dedryck Boyata or Joleon Lescott.
Big-money signings David Silva, James Milner and Nigel de Jong will be hoping to feature in Roberto Mancini's starting line-up having all been on the bench for the 1-1 Europa League midweek draw against Juventus.