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3 April 2016

Striker looking to add more to an already impressive tally of 22 goals for the season.

  • Striker has 19 league goals after double in 5-1 win at Shrewsbury Town.
  • “Keeper never getting near my penalty,” says Will Grigg.
  • Grigg urges against complacency in final six games.
Latics’ leading goal-scorer Will Grigg says he is looking to grab as many goals as possible in the final six games of the 2015-16 Sky Bet League One season as he looks to take his tally in all competitions close to 30 goals.

Grigg’s double in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Shrewsbury Town took him to 22 goals in all competitions, and he was pleased to again play his part in what was a brilliant second-half performance from Gary Caldwell’s side.

“I am pleased to get another two goals,” Grigg said. “It was a good performance in the end from the team and, although we started a bit slow and Shrewsbury came out of the blocks faster and had a real good go, the second-half summed us up, we took complete control.

“Six games to go, I want as many goals as possible now!”

Grigg has been a regular in Latics’ 19-game unbeaten run and current sequence four consecutive victories and he says timing has been of the essence for Latics’ promotion bid.

Equally, he stated the performances in the second-half on the road at Swindon and Shrewsbury have shown that Latics have another level in this division that others haven’t.

“It was similar to Swindon,” he added. “The first-half was probably the best they were going to play and the best they have played for a while and we have so many more notches we can go up.

“We came out and got the early goal and that made a massive difference because, fair play to the boys, we controlled it after that and then the sending off and the penalty kills the game.

“It is all about timing and we are at the business end of the season and have timed our run well but there are still plenty of games to go and we can’t get complacent, we have to recover well and keep going.”

The Northern Ireland international also feels the timing of the return from injury of Michael Jacobs and the form of Conor McAleny is crucial as Latics close in on promotion and the Sky Bet League One title.

“Macca [Conor McAleny] came in and scored a great goal again; I think he only scores them like that,” Grigg added. “Crackers [Michael Jacobs] coming back too is a massive boost for the squad; he is an unbelievable player so to get him back at this vital time is brilliant.”

Grigg’s first goal at the Greenhous Meadow was a penalty that he won himself after being brought down by Zak Whitbread and, despite a few from words from Shrews keeper Mark Halstead, he kept his nerve from the spot.

“The keeper was never getting it!” Grigg continued. “He told me beforehand he knew where I was going and I have taken a couple that way and some down the middle so I wasn’t quite sure but I got plenty on it and he was never saving that.”

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