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BITTERSWEET GRIGG REFLECTS ON PENALTY DEFEAT TO BARNSLEY

6 December 2015

Striker grabs brace but admits disappointment at losing out in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area semi-final.

  • Grigg: “Nice to get two goals despite not being at my best.”
  • Striker scores first Latics goals since October’s win at Peterborough United.
  • Northern Ireland international feels Gary Caldwell’s side failed to produce the quality they have previously this season.
Latics striker Will Grigg scored his seventh and eighth goals in all competitions but Gary Caldwell’s side crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties as Barnsley came away from the DW Stadium with a 4-2 penalty shootout success.

Grigg twice equalised after Adam Hammill and then Ivan Toney gave the Tykes the lead and the Northern Ireland international was pleased with the goals but not his overall performance when reflecting with LaticsPlayer HD.

“My overall game wasn’t great in my opinion,” the 24-year-old said. “To get two goals was nice and to not be at my best and to get two goals is positive because, when I am firing, I’ll be flying.”

Analysing the performance as a whole, Grigg felt Latics never found their rhythm throughout lacked quality in the final third.

“I am gutted [to go out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy],” Grigg added. “We never really got going, in the first-half we got into good areas but didn’t really create that much and then in the second-half we got back into the game and were on top for the majority of it but again we didn’t create enough.

“I think we just lacked a bit of quality today; the boys put everything into the game but we didn’t have that end product in the final third enough and we were a bit open, as a result, so we gave Barnsley a few chances as well.

“At times we played some good stuff but we have just hit an inconsistent patch, I am confident we’ll get back to winning ways soon.”

Blackpool visit the DW Stadium next Saturday in Sky Bet League One, and Grigg says everyone is now fully focused on succeeding in the league, the team’s main goal at the start of the season.

“We wanted to win the game,” he continued. “We haven’t and that is disappointing but it allows us to fully concentrate on the league and that is the main priority.”

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