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MICHAEL JACOBS PRAISES “EXCEPTIONAL” WILL GRIGG

23 August 2016

Midfielder reflects on Latics’ 4-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

  • Michael Jacobs reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 4-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
  • Midfielder pleased to get off the mark for the campaign on first league start of the season.
  • 24-year-old full of praise for colleague Will Grigg.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Michael Jacobs was full of praise for striker Will Grigg after the Northern Ireland international made it four goals in five appearances in all competitions this season with a brace in Latics’ 4-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Jacobs spoke of his delight at how Grigg has started the season after he’s made the move up from Sky Bet League One to the Championship.

“I think Will is exceptional,” Jacobs said. “He plays up there on his own now and manipulates two defenders, you know the positions he is going to get in and if you put the ball on the money for him then he will score.

“Whatever division he is in, he will score goals and he’s showing that despite a blighted pre-season he can score goals and start the season in red hot form, long may that continue.”

Jacobs himself opened his account for the season with a leveller after Britt Assombalonga had opened the scoring for Forest.

And, despite a pleasing afternoon on a personal note, the former Derby County man admitted his overriding emotion was one of disappointment.

“From a personal point of view, I thought I did OK,” Jacobs added. “When you’re pulled back into the team after a couple of weeks out of the side, you have to take your opportunity.

“For the goal, it was a brilliant ball from Alex [Gilbey] and all I had to do was get a good contact on it, which I did. So personally, yes I thought I did alright but for the team it’s bitterly disappointing to lose the game from such a convincing first-half performance.”

The 24-year-old, who now has 11 league goals in 39 league appearances for Latics, said the most frustrating aspect for Gary Caldwell’s side was that they’d done so much right in the game and the opportunity to collect was one they felt they let get away from them at the crucial time.”

“At half-time it’s 1-1 after we dominated the first 45 minutes and we spoke in the changing room about it being the sort of day where the game is there for the taking because we were in a dominant position away at a big club like Nottingham Forest,” he explained. “That’s the most disappointing thing, it was there for the taking, and we’ve got ourselves back into the game on three occasions.”

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