Boyce upbeat despite loss

Emmerson Boyce and company after Wigan's defeat at Wembley
Emmerson Boyce and company after Wigan's defeat at Wembley

EMMERSON Boyce admitted Wigan Athletic’s Wembley trilogy will live long in the memory despite ending in defeat.

Latics went down 2-0 to Premier League champions Manchester United in the Community Shield yesterday.

A brace from Robin van Persie saw off a decent effort from Latics, who couldn’t follow up their previous Wembley victories over Millwall and Manchester City to make it the perfect hat-trick.

Skipper Boyce, though, says the whole journey will live long in the memory of everyone connected to the club.

“It’s been hugely enjoyable – we’ve been living the dream through the FA Cup semi-final and then the final,” he told the Evening Post.

“It wasn’t to be today, but not many players and clubs get to play at Wembley once never mind three times in such a short space of time.

“The semi-final and final last season was a bit of a blur to be honest, because of the relegation battle we found ourselves in.

“It was nice to come here this time without so much pressure on us, and actually enjoy the occasion for what it was.

“Okay the result didn’t go for us, but everything about the day was enjoyable – and we’ll remember days like this for a long time.

“For me personally, having taken so long to get to Wembley, I certainly won’t forget this year in a hurry.”

Meanwhile, Jean Beausejour missed the game with a thigh problem, but should be fit for next weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.

“Jean tweaked a thigh in training towards the end of the week”, said boss Owen Coyle.

“It’s similar to the injury that kept him out last year, but it’s not too serious.”