BEN Watson has revealed a half-time gee-up from Roberto Martinez proved decisive in Wigan Athletic keeping their Premier League dream alive.
The fat lady was preparing to call time on Wigan’s six-year Premier League tenure as they trailed West Ham 2-0 at the midway point of a must-win game.
However, a second-half blitz culminating in Charles N’Zogbia’s last-gasp winner saw Latics set up a seismic showdown at Stoke on Sunday.
“I really don’t know who’s writing our scripts,” Watson told the Evening Post.
“We found ourselves 2-0 down from two set-pieces, and it was frustrating.
“We got in there at half-time and we just said to each other: It’s now or never.
“It was down to us. We knew that if we didn’t win the game, we were down.
“The gaffer’s the gaffer. He’s as calm as anything, and told us if we didn’t concede another we’d win the game.
“We went out and we did just that – and I have to say it was the most incredible game of football I’ve ever played in my life.”
Latics still don’t have total control of their own destiny, but know three points would keep them safe assuming there isn’t a catastrophic combination of other results.
“We’re not safe yet – not by a long shot,” Watson added.
“But we have given ourselves a big chance, which is all you can ask for.
“We’ll go to Stoke now with a great deal of confidence, knowing if we win the game we should be safe.
“We’re through one cup final and there’s another to come, but we set ourselves a tally of six points from the last two games and we’re halfway there.
“Another performance like Sunday would be nice – although we don’t want to be going 2-0 down, that’s for sure.”