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Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg says Latics are full of confidence heading into Saturday’s crunch Sky Bet League One promotion clash against his former club Walsall.
Unbeaten in ten games and yet to taste defeat in the calendar year, Grigg says Latics are chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch whilst he personally is edging closer to his seasonal goal target.
“We’re really confident,” Grigg said. “We’ve been playing some really good stuff, we have had a good week in training and we’ll be looking to take that into Saturday.
“It’s been really good around the place, obviously we had a blip last Saturday which was disappointing but it was just an off day for us.
“I’ve got my personal goal that I set at the start of the season and I’ve been doing well, I’m not far off achieving my initial target but I am just taking each game as it comes.”
Grigg began his Football League career with the Saddlers, making over a century of appearances in five years with one of his most local sides.
He scored on his last appearance at the Banks’s Stadium, notching an equaliser for MK Dons last March in a 1-1 draw and he is hoping to repeat the trick this weekend.
“It is always nice to go back to your old club,” he added. “I have done it a few times but the last time I did was probably the best because I scored, even though we drew.
“It was nice to get a goal and I’ll try and do that again on Saturday.”
The Northern Ireland international admits he isn’t surprised to see Walsall at the top of the table, citing the club’s setup and quality of players as reasons as to why the Saddlers should be competing for a place in the Championship.
“I expected Walsall to be doing well this season,” Grigg continued. “It’s a great club, they’ve got a great setup and, though the management has changed, I still knew they would do really well with the players they have.
“It’ll be a tight game; they’ll play similarly to how they did at the DW and they’ll like to keep the ball and move it quickly in a similar manner to ourselves.”