Boyce wants winning streak

Emmerson Boyce in action at Huddersfield
Emmerson Boyce in action at Huddersfield
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WIGAN Athletic skipper Emmerson Boyce wants his team-mates to kick-start their march to the play-offs with a winning streak, beginning at Sheffield Wednesday.

The defender is urging the squad to turn dominance into goals, or risk seeing their promotion hopes fade away.

Wigan visit Sheffield Wednesday tonight (Tuesday), in a fixture that had to be scrapped during the second half in December due to torrential rain.

It’s a case of “nothing less than three points” for Boyce, who is targeting the start of a winning streak.

“We need to go on a long run now of victories,” he told the Evening Post.

“Not scoring has been our problem for most of the games.

“We are so dominant but can’t kill teams off and they just break away, have one or two chances and next thing you know it’s in the back of our net.

“We’ve got to learn to take our chances and grind out results. Hopefully it won’t cost us towards the end of the season but we can’t keep slipping points.

“We know how good of a squad that we are and how much good players we are but it means nothing on paper.

“We’ve got to go out there and show it week in week out. Every game people want to beat us as we’re a scalp.

“We’re getting so close to the top six and then we have a set-back.”

Going into tonight’s game, Latics lie seven points behind a play-off place but with two games in hand.

Wigan were leading their Yorkshire hosts 1-0 before the referee called time during the original game just before Christmas.

Boyce didn’t play that day but believes that knowing Latics were well on top lwill only serve to help him and his team-mates.

“Hopefully it’ll work to our advantage,” he said.

“They will know that the last time we played against them we did really well.

“The manager had just come in and the team played really well.

“We more than deserved to win the game, it was just unfortunate it got called off.

“We have to go back there now when they have a new style of play and they’ve gone on a good run so it’ll be an even harder test.

“But we’re confident we can go there and get a result.

“Obviously they will look at it and think they’re a different team, a bit like ourselves.

“We’ve got a bit of confidence now and we’ll go there needing to win the game.

“We go into the game at Sheffield with a game in hand that we need to take advantage of.

“It’s an important one for both sides but more important for us I think.”

Boyce is confident that victory tonight will help push the squad on.

He believes the team lies in a false position with so many strong players at their disposal.

“We’ve got quality all over the squad,” he added. “On paper we’ve got some really good players and then you look at our bench and we’ve got a stronger bench than most teams but it doesn’t mean anything on paper.”