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By ESPN Staff

Boyce banking on Wigan experience

Emmerson Boyce believes that Wigan's experience of fighting relegation battles will help them to stay in the Premier League.

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Saturday's 2-0 defeat at West Ham has left Roberto Martinez's side three points adrift of safety - a gap that will increase if Aston Villa take anything from Monday's trip to Manchester United.

April has been a mixed month for Martinez, who guided Wigan to the FA Cup final for the first time in their history, but has seen them collect only one point from a possible nine.

Boyce, though, is refusing to panic because the club have past experience of escaping trouble.

They have secured Premier League survival on the final day of the season twice with dramatic away wins at Sheffield United in 2007 and Stoke in 2011. And the Latics won seven of their final nine matches to stay up last season - beating Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in the process - having been bottom of the table in mid-March.

Boyce told Wigan's website: "It's down to us now to make sure that this football club stays in the Premier League. We've been through it before and we know what we need to do. This is another challenge for the team and it is time to rise to that challenge and get the points to secure safety."

Four of Wigan's final five matches are against teams in the top half of the table, and two of those games are against sides chasing Champions League football.

Tottenham, who are fifth, come to the DW Stadium this Saturday, with a trip to third-placed Arsenal to come on May 14 after a visit to West Brom and a home game against Swansea.

"We know exactly what's at stake and we know that only winning will do now," Boyce said. "There are a lot of points still to be won and we need to make sure we start collecting them in the next game.

"It would have taken some pressure off if we had won against West Ham but it wasn't to be and it just means we need to try even harder and play better against Tottenham next weekend."


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