Watson relishing Latics’ challenge

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BEN Watson believes Latics need to find ‘five or six wins’ from somewhere if they are to retain their Premier League status.

The midfielder grabbed his third goal of the season at West Brom on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to secure the three points as the Baggies hit back to steal a point.

Marc-Antoine Fortune’s late leveller left Latics rooted in the bottom three heading into the final third of the campaign.

And Watson admits Latics will have to more than double their total of four wins for the season if they are to avoid the drop to the Championship.

He told the Evening Post: “We know we need to start winning games if we are to get out of trouble.

“There are only 13 games left, and we probably need five or six wins from somewhere. It’ll be a tall order but that’s got to be the aim.

“Every game from now on is going to be like a cup final, but it’s a challenge we’ll relish. It won’t be easy but we’ll take it one game at a time and we’ll give it our best shot.”

Next up for Latics is the visit of Blackburn tomorrow – an absolute must-win given Wigan’s following three opponents are Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. But Watson believes a repeat of the performance – if not the result – in midweek should see Latics all right.

“Blackburn have looked good in the last few weeks, but if we can continue playing like we did at West Brom we shouldn’t have any problems,” he added.

“We had chances to kill the game off at 2-1, we failed to do so, and we got punished. The frustrating thing is we looked so comfortable after coming back and we should have killed the game off.

“We’re disappointed with the way he failed to keep the ball in that second half - we didn’t make life easy for ourselves. But a point’s a point at the end of the day and it’s another one on the board.”

On a personal note, Watson is enjoying his best run in the side since joining Latics two years ago from Crystal Palace.

His appearance at the Hawthorns – where he spent a short time on loan last year – was his 13th in a row, and he admits he’s enjoying his football at the moment.

“I’ve been in the side for the last couple of months and long may it continue,” he added.

“I like the way we play with three in the midfield, I’m happy playing any one of the three, and it’s going well for me.

“I was delighted to get on the scoresheet again – I just aimed for the far post and I was delighted to see it go in.

“My celebration was limited, though, because I had a good time at West Brom.

“The fans were good to me, and I wanted to show them a bit of respect.”