Big Ben aiming to chime at Boro

Ben Watson celebrates scoring the opening goal against Crystal Palace
Ben Watson celebrates scoring the opening goal against Crystal Palace

BEN Watson is backing Wigan Athletic to continue their fine run of form at Middlesbrough tonight.

The 28-year-old celebrated five years as a Wigan player at the weekend, marking it with the opening goal in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over his old club Crystal Palace.

Latics beat off stiff competition from Middlesbrough to land Watson, the midfielder never regretting his decision.

And ahead of tonight’s trip to the Riverside, Watson is confident Latics can once again get the better of Boro and get their play-off push back up and running.

“It doesn’t get any easier – we’ve got games coming out of our ears at the minute,” he told the Evening Post.

“It’ll be another tough game at Middlesbrough, but if we can play the way we can I don’t see why we can’t get a result.”

Both sides are in decent form – Latics have lost only one of their last 10 matches under Uwe Rosler, while Boro’s defeat to table-topping Leicester at the weekend was their first in seven matches.

“We will be facing a very strong Middlesbrough side, and at the moment I don’t see a great deal between the two,” acknowledged Rosler.

“Both sides are bang in form, both sides have a new manager they are trying to impress, and both sides have a great deal of momentum.

“It’s a tough game, but all of the games are tough in this league. We were taught a lesson at Doncaster, who were in the bottom three when we played them.

“A lot of my players hadn’t played in the Championship before, but I think they understand now just how difficult it is.

“You can’t under-estimate anybody in this league, or you will come unstuck.

“Middlesbrough are a big name in our league with high ambitions, like we have, but will be be on our toes.”

Rosler has reported ‘one or two concerns’ on the injury front, “but nothing to worry us too much”.

New-boy Josh McEachran will not play as he continues to work on a personal training programme.