Watson wants chance to impress

Latics midfielder hopes to earn regular spot under Martinez

Watson: Successful Wigan return

Ben Watson is hoping to be given a first-team run by Wigan boss Roberto Martinez after his goal-scoring performance against Arsenal.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder was signed by previous manager Steve Bruce in January 2009 but has only just earned a chance to impress under Martinez.

The 24-year-old returned to the Championship on loan with QPR and West Brom this season and was handed his first league start of the season for Wigan on Sunday.

And Watson responded with an 80th-minute strike against Arsenal, which sparked a remarkable comeback by the Latics.

Martinez's men put themselves on the brink of Premier League survival with a 3-2 win and Watson is hoping to keep his place for the last three games of the season.

Frustrating

"It's been a frustrating season for myself," he said. "But it was nice to be back, playing and getting on the scoresheet.

"I've not played as much as I wanted to play in the team this year, which is the gaffer's choice at the end of the day. He makes the decisions.

"I've been out on loan a couple of times, worked hard, got my chance and I feel like I did reasonably well in this game.

"Whether I've done enough to convince the manager I should be a regular, I don't know. I've played one game. I don't want to get ahead of myself.

"I'll go into training the next few days, do what I've been doing all season and we'll see what happens at the weekend."

Wigan need just two more points to be certain of another year in the top flight after Titus Bramble and Charles N'Zogbia completed the thrilling fightback against Arsenal, who were battling to keep their title hopes alive.

Character

"People were probably thinking the game was over and done with, but we showed great character and fighting spirit," added Watson, who had said before his Wigan recall that he could make a permanent move to promoted West Brom this summer.

"We stuck in there, got that first goal back and then there was only one team in it after that. We got what we deserved.

"It was a massive result. The winning goal from Charles was a fantastic strike, a great goal to win a game, any game, and a great moment for the team and for everybody in the town.

"We're at West Ham this weekend, which is another massive game for us, and if we can get a result there then we'll be safe.

"This club needs to stay in the Premier League. We're almost there.

"If we stay up we then need to finish as high as we can and build on it next season."