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18 December 2015

Will Grigg previews Latics' visit to Barnsley on Saturday.

  • Will Grigg looks ahead to Barnsley.
  • Striker hoping for a good run after injuries and internationals.
  • Latics looking forward to Christmas schedule.
Speaking after a visit to hand out presents at Wigan Infirmary’s Rainbow Children’s Ward on Tuesday, Latics’ striker Will Grigg took some time to preview Saturday’s visit to Barnsley in Sky Bet League One, and to look ahead to the busy Christmas schedule.

WATCH: See the players giving out presents to the children at the Rainbow Ward

“We’ve got to put things right this weekend against Barnsley,” Grigg began.

“You could see the way they celebrated after the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game, and there were a few arguments on the pitch with their players, so I think there will be a bit of an extra edge to the game.

“We’ll be going there in a professional frame of mind with the aim of getting three points, and we’ll do our best to deliver that.”

Grigg, who scored twice against Barnsley in the JPT meeting, said the team have got to step up their efforts to win games, and create more problems for their opponents.

“We’ve looked back at Saturday’s game and I think even in the first half, we’ve gone in 1-0 down, but we hadn’t done much wrong.

“Overall we didn’t create enough in the final third, we lacked quality on the day. We controlled large spells of the game, but ultimately Blackpool put their chance away from a corner and held on well for the result.

“We need to work the ball into wider positions more often and get balls into the box on a frequent basis, which is something we’ll work really hard on towards the weekend.

“It was massively disappointing, but the gaffer said we’ve got to learn from it and we’ve got to realise what went wrong, but more importantly why it went wrong.

“Teams are coming to the DW Stadium and making it difficult for us to play, so we know we need to be more effective in different ways and use other options available to us in the game.”

Despite defeat to Blackpool last time out in the league, Grigg says the team are in the right frame of mind to create another unbeaten run of matches, especially with the volume of fixtures in the Christmas period.

“We’re fully confident that we’re capable of going on another run like we were before.  If we can do that again, going nine or ten games unbeaten then we’ll be right up there.

“It’s not a time to panic, we’ve got plenty of games left and we’re confident that with the quality we’ve got in the squad that we can pull it off.

“The Christmas period is an exciting one for us with the fixtures we’ve got.

“You can pick points up left, right and centre having so many games, and if we go on a little run over Christmas then we’ll put ourselves right in the mix.

“It would be nice to start with a bit of revenge on Saturday, and then we’ve got a big game against Sheffield United on Boxing Day, which I’m sure will draw a good crowd in, before a sold out trip to Fleetwood Town.

“They’re going to be brilliant games to be involved in, and I’m sure the supporters are going to help us over the busy period.”

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