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GRIGG PRAISES TEAM’S ABILITY TO CREATE CHANCES AFTER HIS TREBLE AGAINST PORT VALE

31 January 2016

Northern Ireland international pleased to bag hat-trick in 3-0 win over Port Vale on Saturday.

  • Grigg: “The first goal is definitely mine.”
  • Striker pleased with performance in front of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.
  • 24-year-old says the way Latics are playing is proving perfect for him.
Latics striker Will Grigg was in no doubt that he was the first Latics player in over three years to net a hat-trick after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Port Vale at the DW Stadium.

The first goal has been credited in some places to Vale defender Richard Duffy, who challenged with Grigg at the near post for Yanic Wildschut’s cross.

However, Grigg is determined that he got the final touch and thus moved into double figures in Sky Bet League One this season.

“I am definitely claiming the goal,” Grigg said. “Yanic put the ball in, I think it probably did hit the defender first but then it has hit my leg and gone in. Yanic has done the hard work, but it is my goal.

“It was brilliant for me personally; I just need to get Sky Sports to change the first goal to mine now!”

Grigg, who has scored in all three home games he has played in 2016, added that he is thriving with the creativity in Gary Caldwell’s side, who have now notched three goals in three consecutive matches at the DW Stadium.

“I think the team as a whole were spot on from the first minute,” he added. “We created so many chances.

“The way we are playing is perfect for a striker; the last few weeks we have created so many chances and now the goals are going in. We have got so many creative players that if I stretch and create spaces in behind then there always going to be loads of chances for myself.

“It was a good day for us and it helped that other teams dropped points but it is important for us to concentrate on ourselves. We are on a great run and that is making other teams around us slip up and feel the pressure, we’re doing really well and we need to keep that going.

“We are very confident; we go into every training session and enjoy it and we are working really hard so we go into games confident and that shows in our performances.”

An added bonus for Grigg was that his Northern Ireland manager and former Latics midfielder Michael O’Neill was in attendance at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with the 24-year-old doing his chances of going to Euro 2016 no harm.

“I didn’t know he was here,” Grigg continued. “I guess it always helps to score in front of him and I will have to drop him a little text and let him know the first one was definitely mine.”

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