JONAS GUTIERREZ feels Newcastle United can't afford to dwell on being subjected to their worst Premier League defeat to a non big-four team if they want to achieve their goals this season.

Only Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have recorded similar results against the Magpies in the last 18 years. Wolves' 6-2 triumph at Molineux in the old Division One in 1992 was the last time a Newcastle team had suffered a four-goal deficit to anyone else in the league.

But having experienced at first hand just how the current squad have responded in times of strife in a determined and united fashion, Gutierrez is confident the Bolton horror show will be a one-off.

“We are all feeling disappointed but now we have to focus on the next game,” said Gutierrez, knowing champions Chelsea are next on the horizon on Sunday.

“All the mistakes we have been making in this game, we have to make sure we don't repeat in seven days' time and beyond.

“Everything has to be focused on next week. We have to work hard and prepare for the next game because Chelsea at home is going to be really hard. We have to get this game out of the way and focus on the next one.

“This is definitely the worst we have felt this season, this was a bad result. Losing is one thing, but when you lose to a score like this it is very tough. 

“In the past, whenever we have played poorly or things have gone against us, we have managed to bounce back, we hope we can do that again.” 

The horrendous nature of Newcastle's collapse would normally increase concerns of a battle against relegation ahead. There are, though, no such fears within the squad – yet.

But Gutierrez accepts there needs to be a drive to ensure there are no repeats on an individual and team level, having witnessed so many under-performers at the Reebok Stadium.

Arguably the worst of the lot was his compatriot Fabricio Coloccini. Coloccini was given the runaround throughout by Johan Elmander, who felt the full force of the Argentine's elbow that led to his red card.

Coloccini's display was reminiscent of his first season at Newcastle, when he made a long line of errors that helped send Newcastle in to the Championship.

Gutierrez, however, thinks the centre-back has the mentality to put his latest mistake to one side and claims his sending off – which earns him a three match suspension – was out of character.

“He is a not a dirty player. He played four years in La Coruna but there was never anything like that, he certainly wouldn't have meant to catch him if he did make contact,” said Gutierrez.

“Football is a contact sport and sometimes you can't help it. Colo will be a big loss to us because he has been brilliant this season. Whoever comes in I'm sure will do as well he has this season.”

Manager Chris Hughton must now decide whether to opt for Sol Campbell, who he brought on at Bolton, or Steven Taylor for the next three matches at the heart of the defence.

Coloccini's ban has further highlighted how Newcastle's squad is stretched when there are few absentees, with Joey Barton still to serve two matches of his three match suspension.

Cheik Tiote was also missing on Saturday after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, and Hughton admits his players need to become more sensible on the pitch.

“It is something we have to be a bit careful about because of the size of the squad,” said Hughton, who hopes to have summer signing Dan Gosling fit by the end of December. 

“It was a big blow to miss Joey in the fashion we did and now of course we will miss Coloccini presumably for three games. It is a big blow for us. 

“We do have a tight squad. With Tiote missing, Ryan Taylor injured, but it is a squad I still feel has been good enough to start the season as well as we have done. Now we will go into more testing times over the Christmas period.