GOALS from Jean Beausejour and Martyn Waghorn gave Latics a hard-fought but ultimately deserved victory over Watford at the DW.
Latics had surrendered their eight-match winning streak against Yeovil in midweek thanks to a 95th-minute leveller.
But they weren’t to be denied this time as they held on for all three points.
Despite Watford having come into the game without an away win in 13, the visitors took the lead nine minutes before the break.
Lewis McGugan found himself one-on-one against Rob Kiernan inside the Latics box, and the former Nottingham Forest man drilled into the bottom corner.
Latics, having dominated up to that point, were level within four minutes.
Beausejour looked to have wasted his chance by firing straight at Manuel Almunia.
But the ball rebounded kindly back to the Chilean, who headed home from six yards past the helpless goalkeeper.
And Latics scored what proved to be the winner 10 minutes into the second period, when James McArthur’s attempted shot found its way to Waghorn.
The on-loan Leicester man took a touch, before driving into the bottom corner past Almunia.
Latics had a scare late on when Ikechi Anye dragged a shot just wide of the post, but they were worthy winners at the end.
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