Skipper Boyce says remember club motto and keep believing.Latics skipper Emmerson Boyce reacted to Latics’ defeat at Bournemouth with a rallying cry for everyone at the club:
“It’s time to stick together and keep believing. That’s what we do at Wigan.
“We were all disappointed with the result at Bournemouth, we can’t hide away from that,” said Boyce, "They are a good passing team so we knew it was going to be tough. We did well in the first half and we were on top when they scored but we couldn’t get back into the game and it’s frustrating for all of us because we know we’re better than the last two results have shown.
“You don’t become a bad team overnight. We were flying before the international break, but it just shows you how you can have a bad spell in this league. We’ve got good players and maybe it’s just going to take a bit more time than we hoped.
“But the dressing room is still tight and the players are hurting more than anyone after the last two games and are desperate to put things right.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got two massive games coming up this week against Forest and Wolves but maybe that’s exactly what we need because the players know they’ve got to put in two big performances now.”
Boyce is fast approaching the 250 league game mark for Latics and he has faced most situations in his eight years at the club.
“We’ve had good times and bad times and we’ve had far worse runs than this in my time here. Like I said, it’s just a case of keeping going, keeping together and working our way out of it, like we have in the past – and like we did last season under the gaffer.
“We’ve got to follow the club motto, believe. That’s what’s got us through situations before and it’s the fans who came up with the whole idea of Believe, isn’t it?
“We need them to get behind us again on Tuesday. This is no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to remember what we’re about as a club and put in a performance, starting Tuesday.”