Boyce - We’re up for challenge

Emmerson Boyce (left) with Diame and Jones after Wolves' third goal
Emmerson Boyce (left) with Diame and Jones after Wolves' third goal
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EMMERSON Boyce admits yesterday’s dismal defeat at Wolves summed up Wigan Athletic’s campaign to a tee.

Not for the first time this season, Latics failed to build on a decent start and were made to pay for sloppiness at both ends of the field as Wolves recorded a first win in eight matches.

The result leaves Latics mired to the foot of the table, with a worrying gap having opened up between themselves and safety after results elsewhere went against them.

And Boyce acknowledges Latics have only themselves to blame for the mess they find themselves in.

“We’re all disappointed. It’s the same thing week in, week out – but nothing changes,” he told the Evening Post.

“We’re creating chances but not putting them away, and we don’t seem to be able to keep clean sheets either.

“When that’s the case, you’re not going to win matches. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

Wigan fortunes were summed up during the first half, when Wolves scored the all-important opening goal less than 30 seconds after an astonishing miss by Hugo Rodallega denied Latics a foothold in the game.

“That’s just our luck at the moment,” Boyce added. “We have a great chance to score, we don’t, and they go up the other end and put it away. At the end of the day, that’s the difference between the two sides. And it’s hard to take.

“We can moan that the result isn’t fair, but Wolves took their chances and we didn’t. That was the difference. We desperately need to work out how to start scoring some goals, keeping clean sheets and picking up points, before it’s too late.”

Latics now have a fortnight to prepare for the massive six-pointer against Blackburn at the DW because of the international break.

And Boyce believes the squad will need to take advantage of every day to ready themselves for a clash that could well shape the season. “It’s going to be hard for us to pull that gap back, but we have to do so starting against Blackburn in a fortnight,” Boyce said.

“It’s a challenge for us, but it’s one we’re up for. We have to be.”