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FOCUS MUST CONTINUE SAYS WATSON

13 January 2014

Ben Watson praises performance against Bournemouth, but looks towards concentration for MK Dons.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 Championship victory over AFC Bournemouth at the DW Stadium, the returning Ben Watson praised the efforts of his fellow Wigan Athletic team mates and said it was good to be back.

Watson had been absent since the 2-1 away win against Reading on 21 December with a minor injury, but returned to start against the Cherries this weekend.

Watson said:

“In a busy period of matches it was annoying to pick up an injury because all I wanted to do was play.

“It’s great to be back on the pitch because it’s been a frustrating few week and it’s even better to return and go out there and secure a good result.”

Latics now turn their attention to the FA Cup third round replay away to MK Dons a game which Uwe Rosler earlier confirmed Watson would feature in and another test which the 28-year-old is looking forward to, saying:

“We’ve got another game to prepare for now quite quickly with MK Dons in the FA Cup, but the full week we had last week will still be very beneficial to that.

“If we can play like we have been doing in the league then we’ll have a great chance of getting through.

“We just need to make sure we keep that balance in the team and make sure we don’t lose our focus as we maybe did in the first game.”

Looking back on the win against Bournemouth, Watson said it was a good symbol for the progress being made at the club.

“We’ve earned a very good three points and once again we started the game really well.

“Bournemouth made us work hard for the win, but I always thought that going forward we always looked like we were going to score.

“It was also nice to keep a clean sheet again and it’s good to see that our efforts as a team are paying off at both ends.”

Assessing Latics’ chances and aims in the upcoming games Watson added:

“There’s still a long way to go this season, but we’ve worked ourselves into a good league position.

“We’re still in the FA Cup as well and we’ll be working very hard to make sure that we progress through to the fourth round.

“At the moment we have our aims, but it’s just a case of picking up results and winning games and seeing where that will take us.”

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