Watson hopes for Latics place

Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson is hoping his successful return to the first-team squad will lead to more starting opportunities.

The 24-year-old returned from loan spells in the Championship with first QPR and then West Bromwich Albion to start Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League victory over Arsenal at the DW Stadium.

Watson scored the first Latics goal in a dramatic late fightback which ended Arsenal’s title hopes.

“Now, working hard, I’ve got my chance and I did reasonably well against Arsenal,” he said.

“I’ve played one game so I can’t get ahead of myself, but I’ll go into training and do what I’ve been doing all season and we’ll see what happens.

“Obviously, I’ve not played as often as I’ve wanted for this team this year.

“But that’s the gaffer’s choice at the end of the day, he makes the decisions and I’ve been out of line a couple of times.”

Watson joined the Latics in a £2million deal from Crystal Palace in January 2009, but he has found first-team opportunities hard to come by during his time at the top-flight club.

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