Better than Zico: Wigan's Watson achieves football history

Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson made history with his successful penalty in their draw against Stoke City.

Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson made history with his successful penalty in their draw against Stoke City.

By scoring a penalty with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, Wigan Athletic's midfielder completed a feat that even legendary Brazilian forward Zico couldn't manage.

The South American star came off the bench and missed a penalty in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against France.

"The manager told me to get on and take it,' said Watson, 'I didn't think you could make a substitution when a penalty had been given. When the fourth official said I could go on, I thought, 'I've got to take this'.

"With it being your first touch, there are always big questions. I was really nervous. My heart was pounding 100 miles per hour.

"And I’d missed my previous two - one against Swansea, the other against Wolves. In fact, we've had two more when I've not been playing and Jordi Gomes had scored both.

"So the fans behind the goal were just as nervous as me. I just stuck to my guns, picked my spot and in it went.

"It could prove to be crucial. Every point is massive when you are in our position. We don't want to be doing what we did here last season when we turned up having to win."

After being told about Zico, Watson added: "I didn't know about that - but it's not bad I've done something he couldn't."

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