By their manager's own admission, City were poor at home to Middlesbrough last weekend in what was a one-sided 1-0 win to the visitors and Stuart Pearce had some strong words to say about his team's application. For our part, the team were clearly below par and made crucial errors in the first half against Newcastle at St James Park.
"It is no surprise that when we are about to play them the manager is looking for a big response from the players!" pointed out Ledley on Pearce's broadside. "They are going to come and fight for every ball, but we have quality and hopefully we can make that tell.
"We will have to be up for the battle ourselves though or else we'll lose and we can't afford any more slip ups.
"We're at home and hopefully our fans will get behind us in the same way they have all season. Whoever can get a good start to the game it will stand them in good stead, if we can come out of the blocks early we can push on from there and they might crack a little bit.
"We'll be looking to start the game in the right way this week."
Hopefully Ledley will have shaken off an ankle injury in time to play his part in shackling the dual threat of City strikeforce Georgios Samaras - a January recruit from Heereveen - and Darius Vassell.
"From what I have seen of Samaras he looks a good player," said the skipper on the Greek international. "He is tall, good with his feet and also good in the air. He is still quite young and I have been impressed with him.
"I obviously know Darius from the England set-up and he is a player who can look like one of the best players in the world on his day. He is lightening quick, strong and he doesn't give you a moment's rest.
"I have played against him a few times and have done quite well - hopefully this will be another occasion."
Ledley King says our game with Manchester City is about two teams seeking to react to a disappointing defeat last weekend.