CHEIK Tiote has told his Newcastle United team-mates to forget about their DW Stadium defeat – and concentrate on getting a result against Chelsea.
The club’s six-game winning streak was brought to an abrupt end by Wigan on Saturday.
Alan Pardew’s side have no time to reflect on the result and performance, with in-form Chelsea their next opponents on Wednesday night.
And Tiote has urged his colleagues to look forward, with Champions League football not yet out of reach for Newcastle, who ended the weekend fifth and a point ahead of Roberto Di Matteo’s side in the Premier League.
“We’re disappointed by the result and the game,” said the midfielder. “We must keep our heads up and it’s all about Wednesday now.
“What happened at Wigan is over. We lost the game and we have to look forward.
“We can’t win every game. We’ve lost a game and by a big score, but that’s football sometimes. We just have to stay focused.”
United were blown away by Wigan in the first half, with two goals from Victor Moses and strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo all but winning the game before the break.
Newcastle improved in the second half, but they could not find a way back into the game.
“The second half was much better,” added Tiote. “In the first half, it was like we didn’t know how to defend.
“It was like they were playing five in midfield because of their formation.
“We know we can play better and we did in the second half.”
The recalled Maloney spread panic with a free-kick in the second minute and Moses had already brought a save out of Tim Krul before the striker opened the scoring by rising above a static Danny Simpson to nod home an Emmerson Boyce cross.
And less than two minutes later the Latics extended their lead when Fabricio Coloccini made a mess of an attempted clearance from a Jean Beausejour cross and Moses pounced again to drill a low shot past Krul.
In response, Hatem Ben Arfa drilled a dangerous-looking free-kick just over the Wigan bar and Cisse poked a poor effort at Ali Al Habsi from the edge of the box in what was the home keeper’s first sight of the ball in the opening 23 minutes.
However, Newcastle’s uncharacteristic defensive clumsiness almost cost them again in the 34th minute when Simpson and Davide Santon hesitated over a harmless-looking cross from Moses and Beausejour almost took advantage from close range.
Incredibly, Wigan extended their lead in the 36th minute when Di Santo fed Maloney on the left and the recalled midfielder fended off Simpson as he cut into the box to slide a low shot across Krul and into the bottom corner.
Ba bobbled Newcastle’s best chance wide four minutes from the break then in first-half injury-time Wigan made it 4-0 when Di Santo directed a magnificent lob over Krul and into the top corner from 25 yards.
Wigan continued to press early in the second half and when Figueroa sent in a low cross from the left in the 52nd minute only Coloccini’s excellent interception denied Moses the chance to complete his hat-trick.
Moses screwed a rising shot just wide of Krul’s left-hand and with the home side continuing to hunt for more goals, only a brilliant fingertip save from Krul denied the striker in a mighty penalty box melee on the hour.
Belatedly the visitors began to press, with Al Habsi producing a brilliant save to deny Cisse from 10 yards in the 63rd minute and moments the later the same player firing a shot from the left side of the box which hit the bar.
Ben Arfa drilled a low shot just wide before Martinez made clear his intention to keep pushing for more goals, replacing the tiring Di Santo with another out-and-out striker in Conor Sammon in the 69th minute.
Cisse hit the woodwork for the second time in the 72nd minute when he slammed Al Habsi’s left post with a header from a Ben Arfa cross, but with time running down the massed ranks of visiting fans behind Al Habsi’s goal became resigned to a heavy defeat.
Sammon almost rewarded Martinez’s bravery with a fifth for Wigan three minutes from time, with the striker beating the advancing Krul but seeing his dribble towards goal ended by a last-ditch interception from Coloccini.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo (Sammon 68), Moses (Gomez 83). Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Crusat, Jones, Rodallega, Diame. Booked: Alcaraz, McCarthy. Goals: Moses 13,15,Maloney 36, Di Santo 45.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson (Perch 81), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (Ferguson 83),Tiote, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 73), Cisse, Ba. Subs Not Used: Elliot, Gosling, Best, Shola Ameobi. Booked: Simpson.
Att: 22,187 Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).