Latics win both Sky Bet League One monthly awards for the second month in succession as Will Grigg joins manager Paul Cook in collecting the accolades.
- Wigan Athletic duo named Sky Bet League One Player and Manager of the Month for April
- Will Grigg named Sky Bet League One Player of the Month
- Paul Cook named Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook and striker Will Grigg have been named the Sky Bet League One Manager and Player of the Month for April respectively.
A busy April schedule of eight games couldn’t halt Latics’ charge to promotion as 15 points were gained and 17 goals scored along the way as Cook’s side stayed true to his principles and passed their way into the Championship.
George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
He said: “Wigan had a busy April, playing eight games and collecting 15 points while scoring an impressive 17 goals.
“This was enough to clinch their promotion to the Championship. Paul managed to keep their passing style of play going and he will be looking forward to a big challenge next season.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Last month, when picking up March’s Manger of the Month award, Paul spoke about being happier if he was sitting there with April’s award. Well, now he’s got his wish!
“After another taxing month with eight fixtures crammed into four weeks, Cook’s Wigan side secured promotion with a thumping 4-0 win against Fleetwood in a run of games that highlight the depth and quality of the squad he has put together.’’
Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Consecutive awards for Paul Cook who secured Wigan’s immediate return to the second tier with a stellar month which included the 4-0 win at Fleetwood to secure promotion.
“Wigan’s magnificent FA Cup run meant they were playing catch up in League One with eight fixtures in April but three victories by four or more goals only further highlighted the sterling job Cook has done this term. His side are 1/8 to wrap the title up at Doncaster on Saturday.”
For Grigg, it was six goals and an assist in eight April games for the prolific Northern Irishman. He did it all - nipping in for a header at Portsmouth, running in behind, as he did in his hat-trick against MK Dons and sliding home a late winner over Oxford.
Latics boss Cook said: “Will has been excellent for us. He’s a real handful for defences and continues to find himself in the right place at the right time to score goals. Whilst his hat-trick against MK Dons was great, his link up with Devante Cole for the late winner against Oxford was critical.”
Grigg added: “It’s great to pick up these awards, but I can’t stress enough how much it’s been a team effort and the lads have been brilliant throughout and obviously it’s nice for me to get the goals but it’s been a collective effort and I wouldn’t have got the award without them.
“One of the benefits of having such a strong squad is that we were playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and were able to rotate the team and whoever was out there was more than capable of doing the job.
“It was a massive month for us and when you’re at the business end of the season it’s really important to get those wins.”
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Will’s season has gone from strength to strength since his winner against Manchester City threw the national spotlight on him once again in February.
“His goals have been instrumental in driving Wigan towards promotion and victory in their final game would see them finish the season as Sky Bet League One Champions.”
Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Six goals and an assist for Grigg in the month have been instrumental in wrestling Wigan back to the summit of League One.
“A heavy April schedule was always likely to decide the destination of the title and the Northern Irishman’s predatory instincts mean the Latics hold all the aces over Blackburn going into the final day.”