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7 February 2016

Striker bagged sixth goal of the calendar year and 14th of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Bramall Lane.

  • “It is brilliant playing for this team” – Grigg.
  • Conor McAleny handed praise by former Brentford teammate.
  • Northern Ireland international feels Latics have found a system that works for them.
A delighted Will Grigg was delighted to take his goal tally for the season to 14 with a penalty in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Grigg, 24, was the benefactor from Yanic Wildschut’s frightening wing play that caused Chris Basham to commit a foul in the penalty area and the Northern Ireland international feels he is revelling in playing a team with creative ability in abundance.

“It is brilliant playing for this team,” Grigg said. “We are creating so many chances; we controlled the game again on Saturday from the first minute.

“The first-half wasn’t the greatest but we were fully in control of the game, we passed the ball well, perhaps didn’t create enough but they didn’t have any clear chances and then second-half we have completely dominated.

“We felt at half-time we needed to move the ball quicker in the final third and then the chances would come. They were getting a little bit frustrated and the gaffer said that we needed to keep doing what we were doing but just step it up a little notch and then the chances would come.

“We are creating lots of chances, which is perfect for me, we’re in a good run of form at the moment and I feel that we have begun to peak at a good time, something that is the case for me personally as well.”

Conor McAleny got the second goal for Latics, the Everton loanee marking his Latics debut with a fine strike and Grigg, who was a teammate of McAleny during the youngster’s loan spell at Brentford, says Latics have a real player on their hands.

“He came on loan to Brentford when I was there and he is an exciting young player,” he added. “He is a good signing for us and he will give us something else because he can play on the wing and also inside as well as we saw.”

It could have been better in Sheffield for Grigg, the striker missing a second-half penalty when Latics were 2-0 up, and he admitted afterwards he was disappointed have previously had a 100% record from the spot for Latics.

“It’s a poor penalty; I just thought I would make it interesting for everyone after the way that they came back in the first game!” he joked. “In all seriousness, I should have scored and that was disappointing.”

Latics are now unbeaten on the road in Sky Bet League One since September and Saturday’s win took Gary Caldwell’s side up to third in the table with Grigg believing that Latics current system is working perfectly for their surge up the table.

“We started the season in a bit of a sloppy manner but our form since the opening month of the season has been good and these performances have been coming,” he continued. “We have picked it up, been brilliant, found a system that works for us and the gaffer has tinkered it when he has needed to. 

“The confidence players are playing with at the moment is unbelievable.”

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