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.”