Kolo Toure is expecting to see a Premier League backlash from his Manchester City team-mates following back-to-back defeats.
After morale-sapping losses to Arsenal and Wolves, Roberto Mancini's men will take a break from domestic action to play Lech Poznan in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
Should City claim what will be an expected victory, it will rubber stamp their passage into the next round of the competition before they take on West Brom on Sunday.
Speaking of his performance against Wolves on Saturday, Toure told Manchester City's official website: "I probably wasn't 100% against Wolves, but I was desperate to play and help my team-mates.
"I didn't have the best game and Vincent (Kompany) would be the first to admit he didn't play too well either. As a unit, defensively we had our worst game of the season and the back four has to take responsibility for that.
"I hold my hands and accept it was my mistake for the second goal, but we need to talk more because nobody shouted to me or communicated when I was about to head the ball.
"As defenders, you need to help each other and anticipate problems and let each other know if there are better options.
"We spoke as a team after the game on areas we need to improve and one of the things was better communication."
However, the Ivorian maintains there is enough skill and character in the City dressing room to overcome this latest setback.
And with another two big games this week, Roberto Mancini's men are in a position to quickly correct their blip.
"We know we have to take responsibility for our performances and rise to the challenge, but for some reason it just didn't happen against Wolves," he added.
"They were the better team on the day and they just fought harder, which is disappointing because we started really well, went ahead, but then dropped the pace.
"The best way we can repair the damage is by going to Poznan and winning and then beat West Brom next weekend.
"If we can do that, our season will be back on course and it will be the perfect way to go into the derby against Manchester United, so we need to react immediately."