DANNY Simpson insists Newcastle have enough self-belief and ability to beat champions Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime, writes ROSS GREGORY.
The Magpies host the Premier League champions on the back of another disappointing defeat on Monday night, when Alan Pardew’s side lost 2-1 at Fulham.
It was a fifth league reverse in six, and the Tynesiders have won just once in their last 10 games in all competitions.
One of the last teams Newcastle would want to face in a bid to reverse their fortunes is big-spending City, but Simpson (pictured) claims they are a “good team for us to play” as the Magpies look to get their season back on track.
Mancini’s men travel to St James’s Park on the back of a derby defeat to Manchester United, and Simpson admitted: “I don’t think City lose two on the bounce very often.
“They lost against Man United the other day. They are a good team for us to play.
“Some teams will think they are going to get beat against them.
“But we’ll give it a go and the fans will be behind us.
“It is a while since we beat City. Hopefully it is our time. If we keep putting effort in we could upset them.
“We have beaten Tottenham at home and we are due to upset one of the big teams. So let’s do it against Man City. What we have got in our group – we believe in ourselves in the manager, staff and fans. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and we will pick up points.
“It’s the first time since the manager has been here that it has been a tough period. Every team goes through it. We are showing the right things on the pitch that we can turn things round. It is just little things we need to iron out.
“If you start worrying now, you won’t be able to perform. The way we are performing and the effort we put in shows that it is just bad luck.
“Take away the Southampton game, since then I think we’ve been doing well it just hasn’t fell for us.
“City must come to our patch. They will be disappointed, but at the same time they will want to bounce back.
“We have nothing to lose – we just need to give them a game.”
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