BOYCE REFLECTS ON HIS 250TH LEAGUE APPEARANCE FOR LATICS
25 February 2015
Loyal servant Boyce celebrates 250 league games for Latics as Malky Mackay’s side go down 1-0 at home to Cardiff City.
Nine years after debut at Newcastle, Boyce reaches 250 league games.
Boyce 16 short of 300 in all competitions.
Defender reflects on Cardiff defeat, praises Pennant and thanks fans for reception.
Latics defender Emmerson Boyce says he was proud to finally make his 250th league appearance for Wigan Athletic, though he was disappointed it was in a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City at the DW Stadium on Tuesday.
The Barbadian international has been stuck on 249 league appearances since his last match against Rotherham United back in December.
But it turned out to be a bittersweet first appearance of 2015 for the 35-year-old.
“I didn’t realise it was my 250th league appearance; it’s been a long time and I’ve been waiting to play again so it’s great to reach a landmark like this one now,” Boyce said.
“The result wasn’t good but personally it’s a proud moment for me to represent the club in so many league games.
“Hopefully I can play again in the next game but get a win.”
Reflecting on the defeat to the Bluebirds that leaves Latics nine points from safety, Boyce said:
“We let a soft goal in and I think after that we took the game to them and had a couple of chances but at the moment we’re not getting the rub of the green and it’s a frustrating night again.
“Sooner or later our luck has to change and we need to make it happen quickly.
“When you’re at the bottom these sort of things go against you but we have to turn it around.
“The goalkeeper made some good saves and on other days you’re hoping they go in but we’ve got to keep going; we’ve got belief in the squad that we can still stay up.”
The disappointment continues to grow for staff, players and fans alike and Boyce wanted to thank the supporters for the reception he was given prior to kick-off and has urged them to keep up their fantastic backing.
“It’s been frustrating for all of us; I’ve been in their [the fans] shoes watching in the stands and been frustrated not being able to do much about it,” Boyce explained.
“On a personal note, again it was great to get the reception from the fans; I just want to play football and hopefully today, after getting my chance, I did myself some justice.
“We need to stick together; I’ve said it before but we do, we’ve been through harder times and we need to come out the other side. The players are going to do all they can to get us out of this trouble.
“It’s an important game on Saturday; each game becomes more important and we need to start picking up more points than we are.”