EMMERSON Boyce wants Wigan Athletic to follow the lead of Leicester City as they recover from their play-off heartache.
Latics were resigned to another season of Championship football after losing 2-1 at QPR on Monday night.
Last year Leicester were one of the disappointed sides, having missed out on a play-off spot on the last day of the regular season. But Nigel Pearson’s men recovered from the body-blow to clinch the Championship title this time en route to a Premier League return.
And Boyce wants Latics to follow the Foxes’ blueprint for recovering from a huge setback to realise their goal.
“Leicester have shown the way, what can be achieved the season after disappointment,” Boyce told the Evening Post.
“And that’s what we have to do next time, come back even more focused. We’re hurting at the moment, having come so close. But we have to use this feeling to come back stronger and win automatic promotion next time.”
Despite being Wigan’s oldest outfield player, Boyce played in 57 of his side’s 62 matches during an incredible campaign - more than any of his colleagues.
And the 34-year-old admits, despite Latics failing to achieve their seasonal goals, he’ll look back on it with a great deal of satisfaction.
“Experience-wise it been amazing,” he added. “To have played so many games in a number of countries, to have gone back to Wembley twice, it’s been eventful.
“It wasn’t to be at the end, but that will just make us more determined to do it again next year.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here. It’ll depend on who stays and who goes but we’ll rebuild and go again.
“The manager will have the chance to bring a few of his players in, and we can’t wait to go again.”