Boyce: Latics have won back respect

Boyce was one of five survivors from November’s 9-1 demolition at
the hands of Spurs to feature in Saturday’s shock 1-0 victory, a
result which also helped the Latics put their horrendous start to
the Premier League season behind them. For defender Boyce, the
outcome was the perfect redemption for last year’s debacle, which
saw him and his team-mates become the butt of unflattering jokes.
“Last year hurt us,” said the 30-year-old. “Getting beaten 9-1 is
not nice and a lot of people took the mickey out of us for that, so
to come here and keep a clean sheet, I think we got some of our
respect back.” As well as atoning for last year’s corresponding
fixture, Wigan made amends for their opening two Premier League
games, which saw them ship 10 goals. “We want to start our season
now,” said Boyce. “To get a result here and to keep a clean sheet
here will hopefully be a springboard for us.” Boyce believes Wigan
paid the price for being too adventurous in their thrashings by
Blackpool and Chelsea, with a far more conservative approach
proving successful at White Hart Lane. “I think that, at the start
of the season, maybe we overplayed and caused ourselves some
problems so the manager told us to keep it tight and maybe we can
nick a goal. “And we carried out our game plan to perfection.” But
Boyce cautioned Wigan’s problems had not been solved overnight. “We
have got quite a young team and we are still learning how our
manager wants to play,” the former Crystal Palace right-back said.
“Like anything, it takes time to develop how the manager wants to
play and we are completely different to how we used to be. “When I
first came down, we were a hard-working team. “Now we are passing
the ball around more. “We have had a couple of hammerings but
hopefully we can learn from that.” As impressive as Wigan were,
Spurs were disappointing in the extreme, Harry Redknapp’s men
hardly testing visiting goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi until Hugo
Rodallega’s 80th-minute winner. The performance appeared a classic
case of a Champions League hangover following the club’s historic
progress to the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition. But
defender Michael Dawson said “I don’t think we can put it down to
that. “They deserve a lot of credit; they had a good game plan.
They came and got everyone behind the ball and we just couldn’t
break them down. “It happened a couple of times last year. Stoke
came and did the same and Wolves. “We’ll have a look at it and see
where we can improve. I’m sure a few teams will come and do that
again.” Dawson revealed he could sense an extra determination from
Wigan following November’s result. “Seeing what we did to them last
year, they certainly made sure we weren’t going to do it to them
again. “Credit to them, they got everyone behind the ball.” Dawson
admits Spurs will have to get used to their hectic schedule quickly
if they are to compete on all fronts this season. “It’s what we
want to do, it’s as simple as that,” added Dawson, who felt being
booed off at full-time was harsh on Spurs’ players. “Don’t get me
wrong, the fans want to win as much as we do. “They had such a
great night the other night like all of us. “We always need them
behind us.”