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‘We need to be aware’: Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez warns his side against ‘dangerous’ Newcastle United

By Michael Kelleher

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he is wary of misfiring Newcastle ahead of his side’s trip to St James’ Park on Monday night.

Both teams have taken 14 points from 14 games but Newcastle, who finished fifth in the table last season, have lost their last four Premier League matches.

Martinez is cautious of a backlash from Alan Pardew’s team who still have their key players in place from last season’s successful campaign.

“We need to be aware of Newcastle’s quality,” said Martinez. “It hasn’t been an easy run for Newcastle in terms of results which makes it a very dangerous time to play them.

“The current team hasn’t changed since last campaign when they did really well to finish where they did and get into European competition.

“They’ve got two strikers in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse that have had very powerful impact on games.

“We will give them and their team a lot of respect when we go to St James’ Park as you have to.”

Martinez is eager to pick up points after a disappointing defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday, a game the Spaniard felt the Latics were very unfortunate to lose.

He feels his side need to put that disappointment behind them as they head to Newcastle for what he classes as an important game.

“The game on Monday against Newcastle has an extra significance to us because we are disappointed about not picking up points against Man City in a game that we feel we did well in,” he said.

“It is a must win game from that point of view because our standards have been very good and when we are playing like this we need to also pick up points.

“We are anxious to get out onto the pitch again and try to pick up a positive result which we thought we should have got against Man City.

“From our point of view it is a very exciting game to be building up to and a very important one as well.”

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