EMMERSON Boyce has called on Wigan Athletic to “stop feeling sorry for ourselves” and kickstart their season against his boyhood heroes Arsenal.
Latics have won only one of their last seven matches to drop into the relegation zone ahead of the festive programme.
An injury crisis has decimated Roberto Martinez’s squad, with almost a full team having been affected in recent weeks.
The dependable Boyce has been one of the last men standing at the DW Stadium, switching from wing-back to centre-back to cover for the absence of Ivan Ramis, Antolin Alcaraz and skipper Gary Caldwell.
And he admits it’s all hands to the pump ahead of the always-testing Christmas schedule.
“It’s Arsenal next for us, and there’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves,” Boyce acknowledged.
“People keep saying Wigan Athletic have been in this situation before, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
“We know we have to pick up a result or two - and the quicker the better.
“Teams around us ae starting to pick up results and we need to match them if we’re to keep our heads above water.”
Four games in 10 days will test even the strongest of
Premier League playing squads, and Boyce concedes Latics are doing it tough at the moment.
“It’s not getting any easier, and the Christmas period is a notoriously difficult time for us,” he added.
“We’ve got so many players out injured, it’s almost laughable.
“But that’s why you have a big squad - every time one player drops out it’s an opportunity for another player to come in and show what he can do.
“We’ve got to stay strong as a squad and as a football club, and we need the fans to stick with us during the difficult times.
“They made a fantastic noise down at Norwich and all the lads were saying after how sorry we were that we couldn’t give them a reward for that.”