FA Cup winning captain says Latics’ players should take confidence from the win over Bournemouth in the last round as they prepare to host West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon.
- iFollow Latics caught up with Latics legend Emmerson Boyce this week
- 2013 FA Cup winning captain encourages Paul Cook’s side to play without fear on Saturday
- Boyce: “With how they played against Bournemouth and how they outplayed them, they should go into this game with no fear, especially here at the DW.”
iFollow Latics caught up with one of Latics’ all-time greats and the club’s FA Cup winning captain of 2013 Emmerson Boyce this week ahead of Saturday’s clash in the famous old competition with West Ham United.
Speaking to the club’s official channel, Boyce told the current Latics crop to make the most of the opportunity and play without fear.
“West Ham are renowned for their passing game and they have some good players but after the Bournemouth game the Wigan players should be going into the game full of confidence because they are top of League One,” Boyce explained.
“With how they played against Bournemouth and how they outplayed them, they should go into this game with no fear, especially here at the DW.
“Just play without fear; if you ask our lads, they will tell you these are the games they want to test themselves in, against a Premier League team with players that are known throughout the country.”
And if Latics’ players were to need any extra motivation or inspiration, they’d only have to rewind just over six years ago for a special DW afternoon against the Hammers, as Boyce and his teammates grabbed a crucial win from two goals down to keep their Premier League survival bid alive in 2011-12.
“At half-time we were trailing,” Boyce said. “We had a massive team talk and that second-half was an amazing feeling to get a win that went a long way to keeping us up.
“We went into the changing room at half-time thinking that could be it and there were a few heated words said and few inspiring words too.
“In the second-half the crowd were magnificent, they cheered us on all the way through and towards the end gave us that encouragement to keep attacking before Charles N’Zogbia came up with the winner.
“That was a special moment, I just remember thinking that at 2-2 that we had a chance and that the West Ham players were deflated.”