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6 January 2018

Striker proud of performance from Latics but disappointed to be forced to replay.

  • WATCH: Will Grigg on Wigan Athletic’s 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth
  • Will Grigg on his goal at AFC Bournemouth and Latics’ draw at the Vitality Stadium
  • Grigg: “It was nice to fall for me there, 100 club goals is obviously a great achievement for myself.”

Wigan Athletic goal-scorer Will Grigg admits he suffered a mixture of emotions following the dramatic 2-2 Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw with AFC Bournemouth.

The Northern Irishman opened the scoring with a predatory strike with just three minutes played though Latics were sent to a replay late on, on the south coast.

Grigg, who now moves to 46 goals for Wigan, spoke post-match about the achievement:

"It was nice, I haven't had to do much.

"Gav's done a great bit of work and obviously before that Reece James and Crackers.

"It was nice to fall for me there, 100 club goals is obviously a great achievement for myself.

"I keep telling the lads I'm lethal from four yards out."

On the game in general the forward admitted despite not losing to their Premier League opponents the squad hoped to see their lead through:

"The way the game's gone I think it's really disappointing.

"We've had a good start and were full of energy first half and got a really good 2-0 lead we deserved and then the second half was always going to be difficult and I think when they get the first it's back against the wall but for half an hour, towards the end of the game we've created a lot of chances.

"To concede like that at the end, you know it's massively disappointing."

Having been replaced by Ivan Toney in the second period, Grigg along with the rest of the dugout saw him race clear in the final moments skip round goalkeeper Artur Boruc before going down under what appeared to be pressure from retreating Cherries' defenders:

"From our angle it looked a penalty.

"Ivan's taken a great touch around the 'keeper and there's no reason for him to go down.

"It's one of those where you use logic and expect him to tap it into the back of the net.

"We've spoken to Ivan and it's a penalty, but you win some you lose some."

With a replay upcoming against the Premier League opponents, the 26-year-old says Latics should be confident ahead of the meeting at the DW:

"We're disappointed in there but the gaffer's said we've got to take the positives.

"For the neutral today it was end-to-end, it was high tempo so the replay should be a really good game."

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