EMMERSON Boyce says it’s imperative Wigan Athletic get back to winning ways as quickly as possible – to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom.
Back-to-back defeats have left Latics with work to do if they are to pull off another Great Escape.
The visit of fellow strugglers Aston Villa on the final day of the campaign could well prove pivotal.
But, as Boyce points out, Latics will have to up their game in the meantime to remain in touch.
“We have to try and bridge that gap between ourselves and safety as quickly as possible,” he told the Evening Post.
“A lot of the teams at the bottom are playing each other over the next couple of weeks so that’s a good opportunity for us to make up some ground.
“But we need also to maximise our own points tally, which includes winning our game in hand.
“The last thing we want to be doing is going to the FA Cup final thinking about the more important game we’ve got coming up the following Tuesday in the league.
“It looks like that might have to be the case anyway given the situation at the moment, but if we have to do that then that’s the way it is.”
After the euphoria of reaching the FA Cup final, defeats at Manchester City and West Ham in the space of four days have brought everyone back to earth with a bang.
Next up for Latics is Saturday’s visit of Champions League-chasing Tottenham – but Boyce insists it’s a game they’re capable of winning.
“Spurs are flying but, before last week, so were we, and it’s vital we get back to that form quickly,” he added.
“Both teams need to win, there should be plenty of chances, it should be an entertaining game to watch, and hopefully that will suit us as the home side.
“If we can keep their main threats quiet and take our chances, hopefully the three points are there for us.
“We have been here before, heading into the last month and having to win every week.
“We’ve still got Spurs, Swansea and Aston Villa left at home – that’s nine points to go at. And we’re quietly confident that, if it comes down to us and Villa on the last day, we can beat them.”