Big Ben spies his chance to strike

Wigan player Ben Watson
Wigan player Ben Watson

BEN Watson is hoping Wigan Athletic can take advantage of their recent woe to sting an unsuspecting Watford side tomorrow.

Latics head south on the back of a wretched run that has produced only one win in the last 15 matches – at table-topping Derby.

Watford will be scenting blood after returning to form last weekend with a 5-0 victory at Fulham that hauled them back into the play-off picture.

And Watson believes the lack of expectation could play into the visitors’ hands on the day. “It’s a great opportunity for us to go there and try and get something,” he told the Evening Post.

“They’ll be flying at the moment after their big win at the weekend, albeit Fulham had a man sent off.

“But this is the sort of game that could well kickstart our season.

“They’ll probably be expecting an easy game, but we’ve got to go there and make it tough for them and we’ll see what happens.

“Results like Watford’s at Fulham sum up this league - a 5-0 out of nowhere.

“It’ll be tough going there but we’ve just got to stick together and try to turn things around.”

Latics are understandably struggling for confidence at the moment, but Watson insists there’s plenty of fight left in the dressing room.

“We’ve got quality all over the dressing room, but we’re not winning games and it’s tough to break that habit,” he added.

“The sooner we win a game the better, and if we can get off the mark hopefully we can go on a run of games and move up the table.”

Watson captained Latics against Norwich last weekend in the absence of Emmerson Boyce, a gesture he appreciated despite the result.

“It was a proud moment for me to captain the side,” he acknowledged.

“Boycey never played and the gaffer asked me to do it.

“Captain or no captain, I’m just disappointed we couldn’t get a result.”