Em: Play­ing crap is fine – as long as we win!

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By FRANK MCCAULEY

EM­MER­SON BOYCE ad­mits he would rather Wi­gan were play­ing badly and win­ning than the other way around.

But the Lat­ics de­fender re­mains con­fi­dent he can help his side es­cape rel­e­ga­tion again.

Wi­gan are with­out a win since De­cem­ber 10, dur­ing which time they have picked up just four points from nine matches.

They are bot­tom of the ta­ble five points from safety and make the short trip to Bolton – just two places above them – on Satur­day for a match Boyce ac­cepts nei­ther team can af­ford to lose.

“We need to start pick­ing up the three points be­cause we’re get­ting too far be­hind,” said the 32-year-old.

“We’re bot­tom of the league and, even though we’re play­ing well, we need to start get­ting re­sults be­cause I’d rather be play­ing badly and pick­ing up the points to move us up the ta­ble.

Con­fi­dent

“We’ve been through it many times in the last cou­ple of years and we need to learn and not get cast adrift so quickly.

“The last cou­ple of sea­sons we’ve pulled our­selves clear and we are con­fi­dent we can still get re­sults.

“If we play like we did in the 1-1 draw with Ever­ton for the rest of the sea­son, then I’m sure we’ll pick up the points we need.”

Mid­fielder James Mccarthy in­sists there’s no prob­lem with con­fi­dence in the squad, de­spite hav­ing won just three matches all sea­son.

“The mood in the camp is still great. We’re all bat­tling to stay up and there are still 14 games to go,” he said.

“The gaffer in­stils con­fi­dence in us week in, week out in train­ing – and that won’t change.”

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