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Watson fires Wigan’s Europa league challenge

Wigan boosted their bid for European football as Ben Watson’s late goal sealed a 1-0 win against Hull on Sunday. Steve Bruce’s side moved into seventh place in the Premier League thanks to Watson’s fine strike at the JJB Stadium and their dreams of continental action in the Europa League — next season's revamped UEFA Cup — are looking more realistic by the week.

sports Updated: Mar 23, 2009 00:21 IST

Wigan boosted their bid for European football as Ben Watson’s late goal sealed a 1-0 win against Hull on Sunday. Steve Bruce’s side moved into seventh place in the Premier League thanks to Watson’s fine strike at the JJB Stadium and their dreams of continental action in the Europa League — next season's revamped UEFA Cup — are looking more realistic by the week.

While Wigan look up, Hull’s players are nervously glancing over their shoulders towards the relegation zone after a defeat which kept them just four points from safety. Hull boss Phil Brown made five changes to the team beaten at Arsenal in the FA Cup in midweek as Matt Duke, Michael Turner, Kevin Kilbane, Bernard Mendy and Dean Marney returned. South Korea midfielder Cho Won-hee was given his first taste of English football with a place on the bench for Wigan, although in the end he didn't get to come on for his debut.

The Latics started well and Duke had to tip Charles N’Zogbia’s long-range cross-shot over via the crossbar. Watson forced Duke into a low save with a 25-yard shot before Mido was guilty of wasting the best opportunity after Hugo Rodallega and Paul Scharner exchanged quick passes to bypass the Hull midfield. Inter ease past Reggina MILAN: Inter Milan took another big step towards retaining their Serie A title with a 3-0 win over bottom side Reggina.

Esteban Cambiasso clipped home after six minutes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic slotted in a penalty before grabbing another in the second half with a perfect chip.