Ben: We can build on opening point

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BEN Watson has called on Latics to build on their season-opening point against Norwich – and take the positives into next Saturday’s trip to Swansea.

Latics were held to a 1-1 draw despite having more shots on goal than any other Premier League team at the weekend.

And Watson – who scored his side’s goal and saw a late shot hit the post – is refusing to get too downbeat.

“The three points would have been nice, but it wasn’t to be – and we have to take the point and show a reaction,” he told the Evening Post.

“There’s plenty of positives to be taken into next week, and that’s what we need to do. It was the opening game of the season – let’s not be too critical of ourselves already.

“If we can go into next week’s game with the same attitude, with a bit of luck and better finishing we’ll hopefully get all three points.”

Latics have been widely criticised for not putting the newly-promoted Canaries to the sword, but Watson reckons they will be competitive this term.

“You have to give credit to Norwich,” he added. “They were in the Championship last year, but they came here with no fear, nothing to lose and they played well at times.

“Sometimes it’s not to be – on another day we could have scored two or three.”

WEST Brom boss Roy Hodgson has labelled Wigan’s opening bid for Peter Odemwingie – thought to be in the region of £4million – as ‘laughable’.

LATICS have confirmed the Carling Cup second-round trip to either Crystal Palace or Crawley Town will take place on Tuesday, September 13 (7.45pm).

The first-round tie between Palace and Town was postponed because of last week’s London riots and will now be played on Tuesday, August 23.