THE BOYCE - Now’s the time for us to stick together

Emmerson Boyce
Emmerson Boyce

I HAVE to say confidence is all right in the squad at the moment, despite results not going our way of late.

We feel we’re playing reasonably well, the only things that’s missing are the points to show for it.

Obviously results are a big part of football, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

The squad here is good enough, we’ll get it right sooner or later.

Saturday’s game is very important, although they’re all must-win in the situation we’re in.

Rotherham will be coming here thinking they can take something from us, but we’ve got to make sure we perform on the day.

We’re desperate to start the festive programme with three points, and what better way to start than Saturday.

We’re playing well, we’re creating chances, we’re either not able to get our noses in front, or when we do go in front we can’t hold on to it.

There’s plenty to build on, though, confidence is high and we just need to keep going.

We had a good start under the new manager with a great performance against Middlesbrough that could have earned us the three points on another day.

The playing squad received a lift in general, and it would have been even better had we managed to hold on to the lead against Boro.

Results haven’t gone our way since then but we know it’s going to turn around very soon.

All we need is to start putting away a few more of our chances, and cut out the mistakes at the back, and we’ll start to climb the table.

People talk about the off-field stuff surrounding the club, but it doesn’t bother us as players.

We’re paid to do our job on the field, the off-field stuff doesn’t really make much difference to us. We just get on with it.

I’d also like to reiterate how much we need the fans to stick by us at the moment.

I feel like I’m saying it every week, but it’s an important point.

We’re a small club and we stick together through thick and thin.

The players need to be doing their jobs on the pitch, and the fans have a job to do in the stands too.

We need to be performing to get the fans behind us, we understand that. We need to make sure the fans have a reason to be cheering, like they always have in the past.

They’ve been our 12th man down the years, and we’re going to need them a little bit earlier this time than usual.

Fans are important at every club up and down the land, and this one is no different.

They’ve been fantastic with us all season, never getting on the backs of the players when fans of some other clubs might well have done.

We’ve got quite a young team, and we need to keep as much confidence in the squad as possible, and not be scared of taking to the field every week.

We saw a few years ago at Blackburn some of their players seemed a little scared to play at home, and we can’t be having that here in the position we’re in.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of weeks over Christmas, the team will be trying its best and we’d love it if the fans would come out in their numbers and support us.

You want to be made welcome at home, you want to see that sea of blue as you come out on to the field.

We want to make the DW Stadium a fortress, a place that opposition teams are scared of coming to.

You don’t want the opposition to be enjoying themselves, because that can only help them to get a result.

Emmerson Boyce was talking to Paul Kendrick.