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7 April 2018

Will Grigg talks to iFollow Latics after scoring a hat-trick in Latics’ 5-1 win over his former club MK Dons.

  • WATCH: Will Grigg on his hat-trick in Wigan Athletic’s win over his former club MK Dons
  • Grigg has now moved onto 23 goals in all competitions this season
  • Grigg: “We knew if we got the third goal their heads would drop, which they did, and we kicked on from there.”

Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg said his side set the tempo from the off as they ran out 5-1 winners over MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

Grigg scored three of Latics’ five goals for his third Wigan Athletic hat-trick and the frontman says it was a dominant afternoon for his side.

“It was brilliant; from the first whistle we dominated and got the early goal and that set the tempo,” Grigg explained.

“We were a little bit disappointed at half-time because they got the goal and it gave them a massive lift.

“We knew if we got the third goal their heads would drop, which they did, and we kicked on from there.”

Grigg got his third goal on 74 minutes when it looked as if he was about to be replaced by James Vaughan.

The substitution did happen but not until after the frontman made sure of the match ball.

“I think the gaffer was looking to get Vaughany on and he has stuck up for me a bit and said he is on a hat-trick, you can’t do it,” Grigg continued. “The gaffer was having none of it, though, and fortunately I have been able to spot that so I thought we would crank it up a notch!

“I didn’t really have to do much, though, it was a great run from Gavin Massey and Crackers and it was nice to get the chance.

“[For the second goal] I knew if I just got it off the bar it would spin in! Lee got a touch and I was a bit gutted but then as it was in the air I saw the way the ball was spinning and it was nice to see it go in.”

Grigg could have had four had Ethan Ebanks-Landell not beat him to a dangerous Nick Powell cross in the first-half to divert into his own net.

“Me and Powelly spoke about [the ball for the MK Dons own goal] in the changing room and, having watched some clips, we knew that was a ball that would be on,” Grigg said. “It is nice to say it but Powelly executed it unbelievably and I think the lad has to touch it to be honest otherwise I tap it in.”

As much as Saturday’s win was a big one for Paul Cook’s side, Grigg says Tuesday’s match with Rochdale takes on bigger magnitude.

“We play on Tuesday night as one of our games in hand and we know this is a massive few days so today was a great start to that – a big statement, a good team performance, but only three points, we will be in tomorrow to recover and get ready for Tuesday,” he explained.

“If I am scoring goals I am helping the team and I feel really good, really fit, there is competition for places and as long as the team is winning that is all that matters.”

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