Grigg back on fire to frus­trate old pals

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall

WI­GAN boss Paul Cook in­sists he was never wor­ried about Will Grigg’s pre­vi­ous League goal­drought as his for­ward struck twice to de­feat Wal­sall.

Grigg came back to haunt his for­mer side after scor­ing on the halfhour mark be­fore win­ning and tak­ing a sec­ond-half penalty as the Lat­ics sealed back-to­back wins.

As Grigg added to his first league goal – scored a fort­night ago against Bris­tol Rovers, nearly a year after his last – Cook high­lighted the North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional’s cal­i­bre.

“Things like that don’t worry me too much,” Cook said. “A player of Will Grigg’s qual­ity will al­ways score goals.

“Some peo­ple will see him go­ing through a dif­fi­cult spell but as a man­ager, you know he'll come through that, and he has.

“It was great to see him get two goals and he might even have had a hat-trick.

“We weren’t any­where near our best but great credit to the play­ers.

“Peo­ple will only re­mem­ber the points tally at the end of the sea­son – they won’t re­mem­ber ev­ery sin­gle per­for­mance.

“We huffed and puffed at times but great credit to the squad.”

Nick Pow­ell’s fifth­minute pass found Grigg, whose close-range ef­fort was blocked, while the for­mer later blasted wide as the hosts threat­ened.

Wi­gan went ahead after Cal­lum El­der’s cross led to a col­li­sion be­tween Pow­ell and Wal­sall stop­per Mark Gille­spie, with Grigg slot­ting home the loose ball.

David Coote pointed to the spot after James Wil­son slid in on Grigg and the ex-Wal­sall man tucked the re­sult­ing 54th-minute penalty past Sad­dlers sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Liam Roberts.

The stop­per de­nied both Pow­ell and Sam Morsy be­fore Wal­sal’'s Dan Agyei fired inches wide, and his header later forced Jamie Jones into a div­ing save with four min­utes left.

“We were beaten by the bet­ter team,” ad­mit­ted Sad­dlers boss Jon Whit­ney. “That’s why they’re one of the favourites. They’ve got threats all over the pitch. We didn’t con­tain them well enough.

“We know they’re a threat, which is why they’re in the top two.

“The re­sponse (to con­ced­ing) wasn’t great. We can’t hide away from the fact.

“We can’t con­cede an­other penalty at that time of the game. It kills you.

“You’re not go­ing to come here 2-0 down and keep com­ing back from goals be­hind like that.

“It’s some­thing we’ve got to re­ally look at. It’s not ac­cept­able.”


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