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6 April 2013

Emmerson Boyce on good mood in the camp and former team mate Shaun Derry.

Latics’ longest serving outfield player Emmerson Boyce is in fine spirits as the team gear up for the trip to Queens Park Rangers and believes that the good mood created with recent victories can keep the results coming in.

“The boys are buzzing and that’s only natural when you’re winning games and for some reason we tend to do it towards the end of the season which we’ve started to do again.

“Confidence has been high in the changing rooms and it’s great to have such a good morale among the players.

“This weekend’s game could carry even more significance than the last two games because we could start to put some distance between ourselves and teams around us.”

The back-to-back wins both came at home, improving Latics’ home form something which Boyce said needed to be done.

“The last two results were massive for us and especially because they were at home.

“Our home record needed improving because away from home we were doing a lot better but now we’re focused on making sure that we achieve the same results both home and away.”

Latics face a series of big games according to Boyce, starting with the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday.

“Both teams need to win as much as each other and the pressure is going to be on us and QPR but hopefully we’ll be the ones coming out with the three points.

“The next couple of weeks are huge ones for the club in terms of fighting to avoid relegation and then the small matter of going to Wembley.

“Of course we are looking forward to Wembley but there’s only one aim at the moment and that is getting three points from Loftus Road.”

With QPR firmly in the front of his mind, Boyce could come up against former Crystal Palace team mate Shaun Derry, a player the 33-year-old holds in high regard.

“We were in the same sort of situation at Palace because we were fighting relegation together.

“We went down that season and it was an experience that has probably helped us both at our teams since then.

“Shaun's one of the fighters at QPR and enjoys getting into midfield battles.”


“He's the sort of player that you can rely on when the going gets tough and we’re aware that the whole of the QPR team will be really up for the game tomorrow.


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