Boyce wants survival push

Wigan defender aiming to avoid more last-day drama

Emmerson Boyce: Believes Wigan's win at Bolton can start revival

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Emmerson Boyce is hoping Wigan's important win against Bolton can be the catalyst to avoiding more last-day drama.

Roberto Martinez's men are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, despite ending a 10-match winless run with a 2-1 victory at their Lancashire neighbours.

However, the success was a huge boost in Wigan's fight against the drop as they closed the gap on the teams above them and Boyce is eager to ensure they clinch safety before the last round of games on May 13.

The Latics needed a tense 1-0 triumph at Stoke to preserve their top-flight status on the final day of last season.

Pressure

"We don't want it to go down to the last day like last season - but if it needs to it needs to."

Emmerson Boyce

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But he insists Wigan have the mettle to succeed in a potential winner-takes-all relegation clash against Wolves in their final game if necessary.

Boyce said: "The manager asked us for a big performance [against Bolton] because it was a must-win game and the pressure was on.

"We've been in this position before and we know what it's all about.

"We don't want it to go down to the last day like last season - but if it needs to it needs to.

"All we have to do is concentrate on ourselves, get the results and I'm sure we will be safe.

"Hopefully we can kick-start our season now, starting with Aston Villa next at the DW Stadium."