Boyce: Uwe will lead us out of this

Wigan skipper Emmerson Boyce
Wigan skipper Emmerson Boyce
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EMMERSON Boyce has gone through pretty much every emotion with Wigan Athletic.

The skipper has had the joys of the FA Cup and the lows of relegation as well as being the man to pick players up during frustrating runs of form.

Once again the 35-year-old finds himself in the latter position.

Latics have picked just one point up in the last four games, leaving them with half the points needed to sit in the top six at this early stage of the season.

Rather than panic though, Boyce wants his team-mates to draw on the experiences of last season and says that the whole squad firmly believes Uwe Rosler is the man to turn things around.

“All the players are behind him,” he told the Evening Post.

“When Roberto Martinez and the other manager went through sticky spells we did.

“The manager came in last year, showed his qualities and tactical know-how and got us where we were.

“We’ve had a blip this year but we’re confident in him that he can turn things around and we can start moving up the table.

“We’ve been in a position like this before. Player-wise we’ve got to pull together, the whole club, supporters, players and staff and get ourselves out of this situation we’re in and start moving up the table.”

Latics’ season seemed to have kick-started at the end of August with back-to-back victories over Blackpool and Birmingham.

However, since the international break after those games Rosler’s men have struggled with disappointing defeats at Blackburn and Bournemouth and against Ispwich at the DW.

High-flying Nottingham Forest are in town tonight and Latics will need to raise their game massively if they are to be the first side to beat Stuart Pearce’s team in the league this season.

“It’s a challenge that we look forward to,” insisted Boyce. “We want to make the DW a fortress and we want the fans to get behind us as they’ve done over the years since I’ve been here.

“They’ve always been excellent and our 12th man and we’re going to need that more than anything, especially through the bad times.

“You go to other grounds and that’s the main aim playing at home, to make it a fortress.

“We need to start doing that at the DW on and off the pitch. The players have responsibility to lift the crowd and when things aren’t going too well we hope the crowd can lift us as well.

“We’re more than determined to get the result right against Forest and kick-start our season.

“The Ipswich and Bournemouth games may have taken a little pressure off us in terms of Forest riding high and people expecting them to come here and beat us.”

If Wigan fans want proof that their side has the ability to turn things around, they only have to cast their mind back to the end of 2013.

During a torrid run of six defeats, supporters started to think where their next win would come from but in came Rosler to take the then FA Cup holders onto an inspired run which landed them in a play-off spot.

Boyce firmly believes that this squad is capable of repeating those heroics and guide the club back to the top flight.

“Things like this happen in football,” he said. “Teams go through a bad spell and fingers crossed this is our bad spell now at this part of the season.

“We’ve got to look at our squad and we have quality all around, on paper we’re as good as anyone but that doesn’t mean anything - we’ve got to produce it on the pitch.

“Each and every player has got to hold their hands up and show good character and fight for the cause.

“At the end of the day we want to be back in the Premier League, we’re going about it the hard way which is what the Wigan way is but it’s early days yet.”