McCarthy: Ben’s a belter!

Wigan player Ben Watson gets a lift from Ivan Ramis after scoring
Wigan player Ben Watson gets a lift from Ivan Ramis after scoring

JAMES McCarthy admits Ben Watson has cranked up the pressure in the engine room after taking his big chance with both hands at Tottenham on Saturday.

Watson stepped in for the injured James McArthur and was Wigan’s matchwinner with the only goal at the start of the second half.

His overall performance was also top-drawer, alongside the equally impressive McCarthy.

And McCarthy acknowledges Roberto Martinez will have a tough decision on his hands if McArthur is fit for next weekend’s visit of West Brom.

“Ben was brilliant, stepping in for James (McArthur),” McCarthy recognised.

“He was spreading the ball around really well and keeping the tempo of the game at the level, which we wanted. Obviously he came up with the winning goal which was great for him and he really deserved it.

“I’m delighted he did so well – he’s a confident player and that was there for everyone to see.”

Watson’s effort 10 minutes into the second half was the difference between the two sides, but in truth the victory margin could and should have been even greater.

“With the chances we had we could have had more goals but, in the end it was only 1-0 which is what really matters,” McCarthy added. “We stopped Tottenham from playing, and we got on the ball ourselves and played the ball around really well.

“We were different class from the first minute to the last, in the way that we worked as a unit.”

McArthur was a late cry-off with a thigh problem picked up in training at the end of last week, but he remains hopeful of being fit for the clash with the Baggies.