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WATSON PRAISES FINAL THIRD OF GAME

21 October 2012

After dropping two behind yesterday against Swansea, substitute Ben Watson believes there was only one team in it as Latics dominated the final 25 minutes.

“Swansea are a good team and they’ve proved since they’ve been in the Premier League that they are a team that can control possession and dominate games.

“But in the last 30 minutes or so we did to them what they usually do to other teams.

“We dominated the game in the last half an hour and probably should have got a result out of it.”

When Emmerson Boyce’s instinctive finish drew Latics back into the game the momentum was building but, what would have been the equalising goal at the back post from Arouna Kone was ruled out.

Watson said.

“Somebody in the changing room said it wasn’t offside but, I feel if that goes in then we would have gone on to win the game.

“That’s football though and we have to build on the good things from the game and not dwell on things that never were.”

He added.

“It’s a disappointing result because we had a game plan but it took us over an hour to get going.

“We tried to draw Swansea in to hit them on the break and a lot of teams do it when they come here because they are such a good team in possession of the ball.

“The movement of the ball is good and their passing is always accurate but we felt that we could catch them and towards the end we created a lot of chances.”

With a busy period of games coming up, Watson believes the team a raring to get back out there as West Ham United visit the DW Stadium next Saturday.

“We know as a team that we’ve got to be better and we’ve got to keep going and look forward to the game against West Ham.

“If we can take the last half an hour in the West Ham game then we’ll be in good shape to get a good result.

“Maybe we need to believe in ourselves a bit more.

“We have to stick together now as a team with the players, staff and fans all believing in what we a capable of.”

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