Sky Bet League One’s top goal-scorer heaps praise on his teammates as he made it 23 league goals for the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Southend United.
- Will Grigg’s double helps Latics to 4-1 win over Southend United on Saturday.
- Striker now on 23 league goals for the campaign, more than any other Sky Bet League One player.
- Grigg on “great performance” as Latics put the Shrimpers to bed with first-half demolition.
Grigg, whose early season progress was hampered by injury and international duty, has scored 18 goals in 20 games in 2016 and says the creativity of his teammates has made his job a lot more comfortable.
“It may look easy but it is hard work,” Grigg said. “It was a great performance from the boys against Southend and they put the chances on a plate for me.
“All over the park we’re so creative; we’ve got Yanic [Wildschut], Macca [Conor McAleny] and Crackers [Michael Jacobs] who are creating so many chances and then the other lads that weren’t playing today as well and that’s perfect for me.”
Latics were sensational from the off against the Shrimpers and led by three goals after just 36 minutes in a game they knew they must win if they wished to go into the final two games of the season with breathing space at the top of the table after their previous two fixtures returned just one point.
And Grigg says the performance from Gary Caldwell’s side made Phil Brown’s outfit look average, despite the fact they are one of the most respected teams in the third tier.
“There was pressure on the game, especially after the last two results because we knew we needed to win,” Grigg explained. “The gaffer kept us calm and said that if we played our stuff we would beat them and we worked hard all week after Burton to recover.
“We knew what Southend were all about and that they weren’t a bad side, though at times we made them look very average.
“That’s credit to the boys because it was a great performance and the early goals killed the game off, we worked really hard for it.”
Michael Jacobs’ returned to fitness and form has proved timely for Latics, with the forward picking up his tenth league goal of the season along with two assists in Saturday’s win.
And Grigg feels the benefit of such strength in depth at Latics is bearing its fruits at this stage of the season.
“It is nice to have Crackers back,” he said. “Our relationship on the pitch is spot on and we seem to bounce off each other really well, he knows exactly where I am going to be and I don’t even have to look, I just run off and he plays me in.
“There are big characters and big players in our dressing room; you even look at the players not in the match-day squad today and it is incredible.
“We said from the start about the squad and it has proved again today about the importance of it; there are probably quite a few changes from the team on the first day of the season to today but we have worked so hard to improve and we are nearly there.”