Point to prove - Emmerson Boyce

Wigan's Jordi Gomez, right, battles for the ball with Villa's Barry Bannan
Wigan's Jordi Gomez, right, battles for the ball with Villa's Barry Bannan

RECORD-breaker Emmerson Boyce believes Latics will only know next weekend whether the point against Aston Villa was a good one or not.

Latics were held to a frustrating draw at the DW despite dominating for virtually the entire game, and remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

But Boyce – making a club-record 145th Premier League appearance – reckons it could turn out to be a point won, rather than two lost, if Latics can follow it up with a win against Swansea on Saturday.

“The performance was there and we had a couple of decent chances, but it just wasn’t to be,” Boyce told the Wigan Evening Post. “Obviously we’re all disappointed not to have got the win, but I suppose that’s three games unbeaten and that’s something we can build on.

“Villa are a top side – they have got internationals throughout their side – so it was an achievement to keep them quiet.

“But at the end of the day it was a home game and we need to start making those count in the run-in.

“Next week is a massive game for us, and three points will make this result seem that little bit better.

“Swansea will come here full of confidence, given their league position, and they’ll feel it’s a game they can win as well.

“But it’s our home game, and we know we have to start winning our home games because they are running out.”

Boyce had his work cut out on his big day, having to content with the lively Gabriel Agbonlahor for most of the game before Latics old boy Charles N’Zogbia made a late cameo off the bench.

“I enjoyed the game and you want to test yourself against players of the highest level,” he added.

“Luckily for me, I kept them reasonably quiet and was pleased to help keep a clean sheet to go with the record.

“It was a big day for me – it’s a fantastic honour to break the record.

“Obviously it would have been nice to have marked it with a win, but I got a fantastic ovation from the fans and I’d like to thank them for that.”

Despite the overwhelming feeling of frustration in and around the DW after the game, Boyce reckons there’s plenty of time for Latics to put things right.

“If we’d won we’d have moved out of the bottom three, and it looks like being another one of those seasons where it goes all the way to the last game,” he acknowledged.

“But as long as we can get our own house in order, that puts pressure on other teams and hopefully that will count.

“We’ve got a tough couple of months in store, but I’m confident we can come through it.”