David Jones is delighted to have nailed down a place in the Wigan starting XI

David Jones: Hopes to have done enough to make Wigan's starting XI against Newcastle

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David Jones is delighted to have earned a regular run in the Wigan side and has no intention of surrendering his spot.

The Latics snapped up combative midfielder Jones as a free agent in the summer of 2011, with Roberto Martinez eager to add competition for places within his ranks.

The former Derby and Wolves man has proven to be a useful addition, with a starting berth awarded to him for Wigan's last two Premier League fixtures.

Jones has benefited from an unfortunate injury to Ben Watson, who himself was in the side due to the absence of James McArthur.

McArthur will come back into contention for Monday's trip to Newcastle, but Jones hopes he has done enough to convince Martinez that he is worthy of an extended spell in his starting XI.

He told the Wigan Evening Post: "It has been nice to get consecutive starts in the middle, and with more games I think my game can improve more.

"I'm enjoying stepping in and hopefully my performances can help me to get even more games.

"As a team we have to keep performing the way we have in the last two games, especially with such a busy period of games over Christmas."

Comfortable

Wigan will travel to Tyneside looking to offer a positive response to a 2-0 reversal against Manchester City last time out, and Jones believes the Latics can take plenty of heart from their midweek showing against the reigning Premier League champions.

"Up until their first goal we looked comfortable, and prevented them from having any clear goal-scoring opportunities," he added.

"Off the ball I thought we were superb for most of the game, although we could have done with a little more confidence and belief when we had the ball.

"We expect ourselves to be calm on the ball and it was difficult against such a top-quality team, but I think we played the same way as we did against Reading and tried to move the ball quickly but accurately.

"We could have done more to hurt them and we had some good chances to throw players forward and we couldn't take advantage."

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