Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watson Is Thinking Big after Dream Debut for Watford; MIDFIELDER SPARKS GOAL BLITZ AND HAS SIGHTS SET ON RETURN TO TOP FLIGHT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watson Is Thinking Big after Dream Debut for Watford; MIDFIELDER SPARKS GOAL BLITZ AND HAS SIGHTS SET ON RETURN TO TOP FLIGHT

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

AS DEBUTS go, Ben Watson's for Watford takes some beating. The midfielder, signed from Wigan little more than 24 hour earlier, was brought on at half-time with his new side trailing Blackpool 2-0. His introduction sparked an amazing comeback as Watford ran out 7-2 winners at Vicarage Road with all their goals coming in a frantic 34 minutes.

"It could not have gone any better," says the 29-year-old ahead of tonight's trip to Bournemouth.

Watson was in the thick of the action within minutes of coming on last Saturday, setting the tone for the fightback by winning the ball with a crunching tackle.

"[It was one] you could only get away with in the Championship," admits Watson. "I do not think some of the foreign boys could believe it. In some countries, that would have been a red card and a four-match ban. But that is the English game. I won the ball, we went on to score and to get a goal so early in the half set the tone.

"The fact we were 2-0 down when I came on makes me look good. I think the supporters are going to expect that every week now but I can tell you it is not going to happen all the time!" Watson has signed a contract until the end of the season and says moving to Watford was a "no brainer" because of their ambitions to get into the Premier League.

Watson scored the winner against Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final but has endured a difficult period since those heroics. He stayed with Wigan when they were relegated from the top flight only three days after their Wembley triumph and he suffered a double leg break last February.

Watson, who is part of an exodus at Wigan that has seen Callum McManaman, Adam Forshaw and Shaun Maloney leave, joins a Watford side sixth in the Championship.

"I have had the highs and the lows of football," he says. …

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