Boyce: Time for Wigan to cut out slow starts

The full-back warns his Latics team-mates that they need to start games much more quickly if they are to stand a chance of avoiding another relegation scrap this season
Wigan full-back Emmerson Boyce has warned his team-mates that they need to "kick-start" their Premier League season and begin games much quicker if they want to avoid another scrap for survival.

The defender believes that the Latics slow starts are costing them heavily as another defeat, this time against Swansea City on Saturday, made it six games in the league without a win.

"We had to go 2-0 down before we started playing and already there's been too many times this season we have done that," Boyce told the Daily Mail.

"We are only playing when we are forced to like at the end of last season and we have to change that.

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"When we were 2-0 down we started playing and we got a goal back and we were a much better team. At this level it's ourselves we have to blame - give a team a two-goal lead and it's always going to be hard to pull it back."

Wigan face a tough encounter at the DW Stadium in their next match when in-form West Ham, who beat Southampton 4-1 on Saturday, visit and Boyce insists that his side will need to treat it as a must-win game.

"We have to start playing on the front foot," he added. "Next week it's West Ham at home, they had a really good result against Southampton and we have to take it to them.

"We can't be in a position like we were at the end of last season and all the other seasons.

"We simply need to win our home games and that starts with West Ham. It's up to us to kick-start our season."