Hat-trick’s of­fi­cial, now for pro­mo­tion

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Ben Baker

WILL GRIGG might have had to wait for one hat-trick to be con­firmed, but the Wi­gan striker is con­vinced he is on course for a much more im­por­tant tre­ble come the end of the sea­son.

This week saw the Foot­ball League’s du­bi­ous goals panel of­fi­cially award Grigg with the first goal in the 3-0 drub­bing of Port Vale on Jan­uary 30.

The strike had orig­i­nally gone down as a Richard Duffy own goal but that de­ci­sion has been re­versed, earn­ing Grigg a first Wi­gan hat-trick af­ter he got the other two at the DW Sta­dium that day.

It means that head­ing into this week­end’s clash with Peter­bor­ough, Grigg had bagged eight goals in ten games in 2016 and was just four goals shy of chair- man David Sharpe’s boast that he had signed a 20-goal striker in the sum­mer.

Grigg’s goals have co­in­cided with a run of form that has in­stalled Gary Cald­well’s side among the pro­mo­tion front-run­ners.


Grigg knows all about that, hav­ing been pro­moted from League One in the last two sea­sons with Brent­ford and then MK Dons while on loan, and the 24year-old be­lieves he is on course to pop the cham­pagne once again in May.

“I can’t re­ally put mine or the team’s form down to any­thing in par­tic­u­lar, I just think it took longer than we ex­pected or hoped for ev­ery­thing to come to­gether,” said the for­mer Wal­sall front man.

“There were a lot of new faces in the sum­mer and we had to gel. Un­for­tu­nately, that took a while, but I think ev­ery­one can see that it is com­ing to­gether now.

“For me per­son­ally, I don’t think I had got my­self fully fit and I had a few nig­gling in­juries but now I am feel­ing good and get­ting goals.

“I am go­ing into ev­ery game think­ing I am go­ing to score and that is not my­self run­ning through a team and bang­ing it in the top cor­ner but be­cause of the guys and team be­hind me.

“The gaffer wants us to get the ball down and play good, pass­ing foot­ball, while he gives the front four or five a lot of free­dom, which has helped me mas­sively.

“The chair­man set me a tar­get of 20 goals this sea­son and I am well on course to get the fi­nal four, but I am not stop­ping there. If I get 25, then we will prob­a­bly be pro­moted.

“It is not per­sonal tar­gets that drive me – it is win­ning things – and I want to score as many as pos­si­ble and win this league.


“I am two from two when it comes to pro­mo­tions so I know what it takes and it would be pretty spe­cial to make it three out of three.”

Grigg’s hat-trick against Port Vale could hardly have come at a bet­ter time, with North­ern Ire­land head coach Michael O’Neill watch­ing from the stands.

The striker has seven in­terna- tional caps to his name and, with Euro 2016 this sum­mer, a timely re­call would be just the ticket.

“I tend to think that if you con­cen­trate on club foot­ball then the in­ter­na­tional stuff will take care of it­self,” he added.

“There is a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity in the sum­mer with Euro 2016 so I will be do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get Wi­gan pro­moted, then I will have two weeks off and then I would love to be out there with North­ern Ire­land.

“I speak to the boys in the squad ev­ery now and again but I haven’t re­ally spo­ken to any of the staff.

“The man­ager was at the Port Vale game, though, so hope­fully that helps, but it’s all about Wi­gan now and get­ting back to the Cham­pi­onship.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

WHERE THERE’S A WILL: Will Grigg nets one of his three goals against Port Vale AM­BI­TION: Will

Grigg would love to

play for North­ern

Ire­land at Euro 2016

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