Martinez: You've done the hard part… now finish the job
22:38 GMT, 28 April 2012
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has
challenged his buoyant players to finish off the job of securing
Barclays Premier League survival after moving closer to safety with a
stunning 4-0 win over Newcastle at the DW Stadium.
Two early goals from Victor Moses and
further strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo sent Wigan out
of sight before half-time and ensured Martinez's men claimed another
notable scalp on their march towards safety.
Promised land: Moses fires home his second
Martinez said: 'I'm extremely pleased because what we've shown today is a real clinical touch that we have lacked in the past. I thought the 4-0 lead was fully deserved at half-time and there is a real satisfaction that we saw it through.
'It was huge win today and we have two more huge games against Blackburn and Wolves. This result is fantastic for the fans but if we don't achieve our aim of staying in this league then it is going to mean nothing.'
Martinez reserved particular praise for Moses, who tore the Magpies defence apart in the opening stages, heading the opener past Tim Krul in the 12th minute and firing home his second two minutes later after a mistake by Fabricio Coloccini.
Martinez added: 'It is a joy to see how Victor is growing at this club. He is the sort of player you'd pay money to watch and that is down to his raw talent and the manner in which he has been working and understanding the game.'
Survivors: Wigan celebrate Franco di Santo's goal
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hailed Wigan for a 'brilliant' performance but denied the Latics had dealt a grievous blow to the Magpies' top four hopes, insisting: 'Champions League football has not gone away from us by any stretch of the imagination.'
Pardew added: 'We didn't match the intensity of Wigan and in any Premier League game that is going to make you look bad. In the first 30 minutes we just didn't get a grip on them.
'It's disappointing because we talked and said the right things before kick-off about not being complacent and giving them the respect they deserved, but we got caught out by that one word – intensity.
'But I don't want to harp on too much about our disappointment because I have to say Wigan were brilliant today. In the first period they were as good as anything I've seen in any of our last seven games.'
One bright spot for Pardew was the performance of striker Papiss Cisse, who hit the woodwork twice in the second half as the Magpies made a vain attempt to claw some solace from a dismal afternoon.
Pardew added: 'Papiss proved in the second half that if you give him the platform he can win us games. He had two or three big chances, but we couldn't change the mood of Wigan's team, and therefore it was all about them.'