ROBERTO Martinez bemoaned Wigan Athletic’s “worst performance of the season” as they missed the opportunity to move up to 12th in the Premier League table.
Shola Ameobi’s first-half strike was enough to seal the points for the Toon, who took advantage of a uncharacteristically lethargic Latics performance to jump into the top half.
“It was a massive disappointment, because that is the worst we have played this season – and there are many reasons for that,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“If you look at the way we play, we have to play with a high tempo and a high energy – and that just wasn’t there.
“Right from the start, we were a little bit leggy, a little bit sloppy, and we couldn’t get going.
“The game was scrappy and I don’t think there was too much quality from either ourselves or Newcastle.
“The first goal was always going to be vital, and they got it from one of our own mistakes.
“It was one of those days when nothing went our way, and the harder we tried the worse it got.”
At least Wigan have an immediate chance to make amends, with a trip to local rivals Bolton coming up on Wednesday night.
But the tiredness in the camp, partly caused by the number of players unavailable to Martinez at present, is clearly a concern.
“We just have to get this out of our system as quickly as possible and move on to Wednesday,” the Wigan boss added.
“The players are absolutely on the floor, because we had really high hopes for this game.
“We have worked really hard to be able to be in this position, and we came up with such a poor performance.
“We tried to move things around at half time to try to impose ourselves a little bit more, but as a team we didn’t have the energy you need to get on the ball and take risks.
“The goal came as a result of a clear lapse in concentration which you can probably put down to the lack of energy we have in our bodies.
“We are all aware that we have got four key injuries and a suspension at the moment – and that is a large amount of absentees when you have got the games coming thick and fast.
“It’s important we recover quickly – because we had a few tired legs and minds at the end,” added the Latics boss.