Boyce backs Latics to stay up

Defender admits he would rather play badly and get points

Emmerson Boyce: Wants to see his side come through the battle to stay up

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Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is confident his side will retain their Premier League status and admits he would rather play badly and win games.

The Latics have not registered a win since December and have only managed to amass four points in their last nine outings.

Wigan have won just three games all season and sit bottom of the table with only 16 points to their name.

However, with a short trip to the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton, who are two places above Wigan, next on the schedule, Boyce admits it is a must-win game for both sides.

Points

"We need to start picking up the three points now because we are getting too far behind," the 32-year-old said.

"We are bottom of the league and even though we are playing well we need to start picking up results because I'd rather be playing badly and picking up the points to move us up the table.

"We have been through it many times in the last couple of years and we need to learn from it and not get cast adrift so quickly.

"But Bolton is a massive game which neither side can afford to lose, but we can go there full of confidence after our result."

Confidence

Meanwhile, Boyce's team-mate James McCarthy believes that there is no drop in morale ahead of the crunch derby clash despite losing 14 games already during this season's campaign.

"The mood in the camp is still great. We're all battling to stay up and there are still 14 games to go," he added.

"The gaffer instils confidence in us week in, week out in training and that won't change.

"If we can end the season as strongly as we did last season and the season before we'll be fine.

"The weekend will be massive. It's a derby and we know that we need to take maximum points as they are just ahead of us."