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11 April 2016

Latics striker Will Grigg reached 20 league goals for the season with his match-winner against Coventry City on Saturday but admits his side are far from over the line in their promotion bid.

  • “A great position, but we are not there yet,” – Grigg.
  • Striker praises “brilliant” team goal.
  • Northern Ireland international the first Latics player since Nathan Ellington to score 20 league goals in a season.
Latics striker Will Grigg admits his side are in a fantastic position going into the final five Sky Bet League One games of the campaign but he knows there is still work to do if Gary Caldwell’s side are to win promotion and be crowned champions.

A run of five consecutive victories in the past five matches of a 20-match unbeaten run has seen Latics rise from automatic promotion chasers to the summit of the League One table and Grigg says the timing has been perfect.

“We are in a great position but, as we have said, we are not there yet, there is work to do, we have to recover properly and be ready for next week,” Grigg explained.

“It is the business end of the season, the timing of the run has been great, we just need to keep it going until the end of the season and we will be alright.”

Grigg’s goal just before the hour mark proved to be the difference against Tony Mowbray’s Sky Blues and marked his 20th in Sky Bet League One this season, his 23rd in all competitions.

By reaching 20 league goals, the 24-year-old becomes the first Latics player since Nathan Ellington to reach the milestone.

Grigg, though, was just happy with the three points.

“I am really pleased,” he added. “I haven’t been feeling great all week to be honest and I didn’t train until Friday so it was nice to score and get to 20 league goals.

“The main thing was the three points, I made it a little bit harder for the boys with the penalty miss but they dug in and it was a great performance.”

The goal itself came after a brilliant team move as once again Latics made the breakthrough against an opposition side intent on getting numbers behind the ball.

“It was a brilliant goal,” Grigg continued. “As soon as Max dummied it I saw Stevie overlapping as he usually does and I just managed to get myself on the end of his cross and it was nice to see it go in.

“I think away from home teams have to come out at some point but here the opposition sits in and we have to break them down and, although it has taken us a little bit longer to break teams down at home, we are still in full control of the games and it is only a matter of time for us with the way we move the ball quickly because teams can’t defend for 90 minutes against us.”

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