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9 December 2014

Midfielder reflects on current predicament and urges squad to find a habit of winning.

  • “We’ve all got to work together” – Watson.
  • Midfielder makes first DW start since leg break in February.
  • It’s about getting the first win and then the habit of winning back.
Ben Watson was visibly disappointed when reflecting on Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City as Jonny Howson’s fifth-minute strike condemned Latics to a sixth game without a win.

But, despite his frustration, Watson, who started his first game at the DW Stadium since breaking his leg against Barnsley in February against the Canaries, says the side have to look forward and dig deep for a result in their upcoming fixtures.

“We’ve all got to keep going and work together; that’s the players, the staff and the fans – each and every one of us,” Watson said.

“The new manager has come in and we’ve got a quality squad but for whatever reason things aren’t quite ticking at the minute.

“The manager has been great; he’s filled us with confidence but it’s just one of those things when you get onto a football pitch and a couple of things don’t go your way.

“The boys are positive and very positive that we’re going to turn this around but it’s going to need each and every one of us to keep going and dig deep to get a result.

“Maybe it’s going to take a scrappy performance to build us up, but we’ll keep going.”

Watson alluded to last season’s journey when Latics put together an incredible mid-season run to make the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship after a poor start and he says he’s looking for the same again this time around.

“When you’re not winning games, it’s tough, it doesn’t matter who you are, what team it is and what league you’re in,” he added.

“The confidence is low and that’s the case at the minute, all it takes is a couple of wins and then the confidence is sky high.

“We need to sustain the spells we have in games for 90 minutes, we need to play better than we did against Norwich.

“I think last season we were in a pretty similar position whereby we got results near the end and got into a habit of winning games and you can’t get out of it.

“At the minute, we’re in a habit of drawing and losing games and we can’t get out of that at the moment.”

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