We’re down but not out says Watson

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

BEN Watson admits confidence has taken a beating during Wigan Athletic’s wretched run of results.

But the midfielder believes Latics are still capable of repeating last season’s heroics and turning their campaign around after Christmas.

Latics have won only three of their 20 Championship games this term to remain second-bottom of the table.

Next up is a daunting-looking trip to Watford, who hammered Fulham 5-0 in their last outing to reignite their own promotion push.

And Watson admits Latics will have to ‘dig deep’ to turn things around.

“When you’re not winning games, it doesn’t matter who you are, what league you’re in, the confidence is low,” he told the Evening Post.

“That’s probably the case at the moment, but we know all it takes is a couple of wins and that will return.

“There’s plenty of games left, and we only need one win and hopefully it will kickstart the season.

“We were in a similar position this time last year and we went on a run where we couldn’t stop winning games.

“At the moment, we’re in the habit of losing and drawing games, and we can’t get out of it. We’ve got to dig deep, and it might take an untidy performance and a scrappy win, to turn it around.

“It’s another big game for us on Saturday, but they’re all big games at the moment.

“Before you know it you’ve run out of games, and we need to start winning and start climbing the league.”

Watson is adamant there is enough quality in the squad to not only get out of trouble but move up the table.

And he’s hailed the impact new boss Malky Mackay has had since arriving at the club last month.

“We’ve got the players, but things just aren’t clicking at the moment,” the 29-year-old added.

“The new manager’s come in and he’s been brilliant, full of praise and trying to pass on as much confidence as he can.

“The boys are still positive, and we all believe we can turn this around.

“But it’s going to need each and every one of us to keep going and get that result.”