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WATSON SAYS WORK RATE PAID OFF

Ben Watson celebrates as he scores the opener in the first half.

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16:00 4th August 2013

by Nick Taylor

FA Cup winning goal scorer happy with Latics’ application and attitude.

By Ben Watson’s own admittance the Championship can throw up all sorts of results and the midfielder declared himself delighted that Latics approached yesterday’s 4-0 opening day victory over Barnsley with such professionalism. 

Watson said:

“Getting relegated is tough to take and now we’re adapting to the Championship because it’s a tough league and we reacted really well to that.

“We knew that if we matched everything they did in terms of work rate that we’d create chances and score goals.

“You could easily go to Barnsley and lose 4-0 such is the nature of this division.

“We’re delighted to score four goals and probably even more delighted to have kept a clean sheet."

Watson got the ball rolling with eight first half minutes remaining with a perfectly placed 25-yard effort that beat Tykes’ goalkeeper Luke Steele.

Happy to play his part Watson added:

“I was obviously delighted with the goal but what’s even more delighting is the performance and the result in the end.

“It was a nice strike; I just found a bit of space and thought why not?

“Luckily enough it went in and got us going and we could have probably had more goals.”

Not only was Watson impressed by the performance of the team, but he was equally as encouraged by the support from Latics’ fans.

“They (the fans) were the best I’ve ever seen them.

“They were outstanding and that gives us a lift, even during the warm-up they were making noise and singing songs.

“It’s great, it gives you a buzz and it makes you want to go out there and entertain them and win the game for the supporters.”

With noise and performance coupled together in yesterday’s win, Watson is hoping for more of the same as the season goes on.

“We’re all in this together as a club so if the fans can keep that support up all season then hopefully we can keep our job on the pitch up all season as well.

“We stick together on the pitch and I think we showed that against Barnsley.

“It’s a long season and there’ll be ups and downs and we have to stick together through all of it.”

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