Warnock salutes Watson
Palace boss happy with midfielder
Last Updated: September 13, 2008 7:07pm
Warnock: No problem with Watson
Neil Warnock hailed Ben Watson's professionalism after Crystal Palace's win over Swansea, while Roberto Martinez was philosophical in defeat.
Watson is out of contract at the end of the season and was linked with a move away from Selhurst Park over the summer.
However, he showed that he was completely focused on Palace as he scored the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over the Swans, with Nick Carle grabbing the second.
Warnock said: "I have no problem with Ben, especially when he scores goals like that.
"One or two of his acquaintances I have a problem with, but never with him. Ben is Ben and he's a smashing lad.
"His future is hopefully playing at Wolves on Tuesday. I don't look much beyond that, to be honest, because we're playing for my future as much as his.
"It will be interesting to see who leaves first, if we don't win any more games! He can have a contract tomorrow but he doesn't want one so what can you do?
"We've made the point and that's why we had to sell Tom Soares. He's got a year to run on his contract and he can't go on a free next season, either, because we've done our research on this one!"
Martinez vowed to learn from the defeat but saved his sternest criticism for Trinidad and Tobago head coach Francisco Maturana.
Maturana had called Swansea players Jason Scotland and Dennis Lawrence into his squad for the recent clash with United States but opted not to play either.
That decision infuriated Martinez, who hinted he could deny Scotland and Lawrence permission to attend Trinidad's next meet-up.
"It's very disappointing when you allow players to go on international duty, you need them to be involved and to be active," he said.
"I've been very disappointed over what has happened so something could happen over the next call-up. We will have to wait and see.
"But that was not the reason for the defeat. The main negative was that we allowed them to disrupt us and frustrate us but we'll take it as a lesson, keep going and try to improve."