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WATSON PRAISES LATICS' CHARACTER

15 December 2013

Ben Watson believes the team showed ‘great character’ to find a winning goal in thriller.

Ben Watson believes Wigan Athletic showed ‘great character’ to find a winning goal, after letting a two goal lead slip in a thrilling 3-2 derby victory over Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium.

The midfielder, who put Latics in front with a coolly taken spot-kick, stated that the game was still wide open, despite his side’s two goal lead at half time.

“We knew that 2-0 was a dangerous score-line, if Bolton get the next goal, it’s game on, which they did and credit to them.

“They came at us and got the two goals back, so we showed great character to get our third goal and win the game.”

Watson added that the win was a welcome change after a difficult run of games:

“Obviously we needed the win. I think we went six games without one so it was nice to get back to winning ways and a good start for the new manager”.

Watson was quick to look ahead to Latics' next two games, starting with an away game at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, adding he was hopeful they could clock up a second successive victory before the trip to Reading next Saturday.

He said: “We’ve got two tough away games coming up.

“We’ve had a lot of games recently so it’s going to be tough, but again we go into it full of confidence and hopefully we can get another three points”

The win marks a perfect home debut for new manager Uwe Rosler, with Watson adding that the side has shown promising signs in their first two games under him.

“It was disappointing in Europe not to win that game, with eleven men we probably would have.

"A win today shows there are good signs and hopefully it can continue.”

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