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THIS WILL TEST OUR CHARACTER SAYS BOYCE

29 November 2013

Skipper disappointed with result, but remains confident of good run of form ahead.

Speaking after last night’s 2-1 defeat to Zulte Waregem in the Europa League, captain Emmerson Boyce admitted Latics have made it difficult for themselves in the competition, but insists that the squad can turn things around at the weekend against Derby County.

Focussing on yesterday’s game Boyce said:

“It’s disappointing.

“I thought we’d done enough in the first half to score more goals.

“The goal before half time knocked us back and then in the second half we couldn’t find that same rhythm which had us creating chances in the first half.

“We’re disappointed and we can understand why the fans are, but we’ve got to get back up and make sure we go to Slovenia and get a result in the final group game.”

“We can’t take any credit away from Zulte Waregem because they’re a good side,” added the 34-year-old.

“It was an end-to-end game and it was up for grabs for both teams, but that’s one of our problems at the moment, we’re allowing games to get like that and we’re using a lot of energy up.”

With Latics now needing to win on Matchday Six against NK Maribor and relying on Rubin Kazan picking up all three points against Zulte Waregem, Boyce said it won’t be easy but the team are ready for the challenge.

“We’ve got to do it the hard way now, but we’re confident that we can go to Maribor and get three points, then we just have to see what happens in the other game.

“Last night’s game sums up our season at the moment, we’re creating chances but not taking them.”

On the team’s home form Boyce continued:

“Every team has a blip like this in a season and we need to get over it now starting on Sunday.

“This will test the character of all the players now and the character of the club.

“More importantly we need the fans to be behind us, I know it’s difficult because they’re disappointed with the result, but they need to get behind each and every player.

“There was a good turnout for the game and we need that encouragement to continue.”

Attentions turn once again to the Championship on Sunday as Derby County arrive at the DW Stadium and Boyce made the call to make the stadium a fortress once again.

“We had a good record at home before last weekend so we know how to make the DW Stadium a hard place to come to.

“It’s important to get our season back on track in terms of picking up consecutive victories and getting into the top six of the league.

“We need to win on Sunday to start of a good month in December when we have a lot of fixture.”

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