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WILL GRIGG: “AFTER SATURDAY, WE CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT GAME”

15 August 2016

Striker raring to go ahead of DW clash with his first club Birmingham City on Tuesday evening.

  • Will Grigg played academy football for the Blues and is set to come up against the St. Andrew’s club for the first time.
  • Northern Ireland international pleased to be off the mark in the league this season.
  • 25-year-old praises colleague Nick Powell’s performance in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg says Latics can’t wait to get back out onto the DW surface again after their demolition of local rivals Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon provided a timely boost to confidence ahead of a three-game week that includes the visit of Birmingham City on Tuesday evening and a trip to the Midlands to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Reflecting after Saturday’s win over Owen Coyle’s Rovers, a game in which Grigg got the first goal as Gary Caldwell’s side romped to a 3-0 win, the Northern Ireland international told LaticsPlayer HD the excitement is already building for Tuesday’s meeting with the Blues – a club he spent time with as a youngster.

“We were a little bit tired towards the end, it didn’t really show, though,” he said. “We’re ready to go again on Tuesday. We’ve got some tough games coming up and they’ll come thick and fast but when you play like we did on Saturday then you want the next one.

“From the first minute we were on the front foot and we have so many players of top, top quality that can see my runs and pick a pass, it’s exciting times.

“It was nice to get off the mark; I’ve had some interesting people over the years saying I couldn’t do it at Championship level so it was nice to get that first goal.

“It’ll be interesting playing against Birmingham on Tuesday, it’ll be the first time I have, I’m really looking forward to it and I am sure it’ll be a good game.”

An own goal from Shane Duffy gave Latics their third goal on Saturday after Nick Powell had earlier capped a sublime performance on his ‘second’ return to the club with a sensational 25 yard free-kick.

And Grigg says within a month or so he has seen enough to know the talent the former Manchester United man possesses.

“We haven’t been training with Nick long but you can see his quality,” Grigg explained. “He showed that again and it was a brilliant free-kick.

“Not just that, though, but his ability on the ball in the middle of the park in such an important position is great.”

The win against Blackburn made it nine wins in 13 home matches for Latics, with their only defeat in that period coming against Barnsley on the final day of last season.

And Grigg says making the DW Stadium a fortress is crucial.

“The gaffer said before the game that we made it a fortress here last season and that’s something that we need to do again this year,” he added. “From the first five minutes against Blackburn, we set the tempo, were on the front foot and created chances.

“The fans help massively when they get behind us and against Blackburn they were brilliant and that’s massive for us.”

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