Demba Ba insists his Newcastle teammates are ready to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City - a result which saw the club's unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign come to an abrupt end.

The 26-year-old striker has chipped in with eight goals in eleven games this season, to help lift the Magpies to an impressive third place in the Barclays Premier League table.

Despite succumbing to a weekend loss at the Etihad Stadium, Ba is adamant that Alan Pardew's men are not too downhearted, and says that the players can recover from Saturday's game when they travel to Old Trafford to face reigning champions Manchester United next weekend.

"We have some very strong characters in the dressing room and I am sure this result will not affect us," he told the Northern Echo. "We are not going to struggle mentally just because of one defeat.

"It was our biggest challenge of the season, and even though we didn't win, I still think we played well.

“The challenge now is to come back from this because we have another big game coming up next weekend."

Despite their promising form, Newcastle will go into the Red Devils encounter as underdogs, but Ba has tipped his side to cause a shock.

"If we play like this next weekend, but just take the chances that come our way, I definitely think we can get something from Man United," he added.

"What we showed here, we just have to make sure we show it again next week. If we do that, but bring something more in front of goal, I am pretty sure we will be okay."

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