Watson aims to keep place

LATICS midfielder Ben Watson is hoping that he can remain a key figure in Roberto Martinez’s plans following his appearances against Arsenal and Stoke.

The former Palace man completed 90 minutes at the DW Stadium last Saturday and is hoping he can keep his place.

“Hopefully I can continue to build on both games, get the fitness up even further and take it from there,” he said.

“We’re obviously disappointed to have only drawn the game, but their keeper made some fantastic saves in the second half.

“It was one of those days for us but one point’s better than none.

“Before the game, probably everyone thought it would be a bore-draw, but it turned out to be entertaining.

“We played some good stuff and we did some not-so-good stuff, but if we can turn the negatives into the positives we’ll be all right.”

Competition across the midfield line has been tight of late, with Hendry Thomas, Mohammed Diame and the on loan Tom Cleverly all filling the spots.

But Watson reckons that if he works hard enough, he could soon become a regular sight.

“I’ll just keep going and we’ll see how we go ,” he added. “I work hard every day in training and hopefully I can keep my place for the rest of the season.

“But I’ll take it one game at a time and go from there. Next week will be another big game .”

Latics take on Everton tomorrow at Goodison – a side who are coming off the back of a fine 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last week. But before that they suffered a humiliating 4-1 home defeat to West Brom, signalling hope for Martinez’s men.

“Everton got a great result at Chelsea last weekend, so they’ll obviously be full of confidence from that,” said Watson.

“The gaffer pointed out before the (Stoke) game that the next seven games are absolutely massive.

“That leaves six massive games that will decide our season.

“They’ll tell us whether we’ll be fighting for relegation or pushing to finish in the top half of the season.

“If you can get two or three wins on the bounce you can push right up the table. It’s all about getting momentum.”

And Watson reckons if the side play the way they did against Stoke, they have every chance.

He added: “We were behind twice on Saturday but we never gave up, we kept going, and we were unlucky in the end not to nick it.”