Will Grigg speaks about the benefits of the squad built by Latics boss Paul Cook for the demanding nature of the Sky Bet Championship.
- Latics Listen: An excerpt from Will Grigg's interview in episode 8.
- Latics' number nine missed out on the victory over Bristol City with a minor injury.
- Grigg discusses Latics' ability to keep the core of the team together, whilst adding quality to create a balanced squad.
Will Grigg might have been missing from Latics' 1-0 victory over Bristol City at the DW Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship last Friday night with a minor injury, but the striker was very much involved in every kick off the game, watching on in attendance as Nick Powell headed home to secure a fifth win of the season.
Moving our way through a heavy schedule of fixtures which includes a long away trip to Norwich City on Saturday before a return home to face Swansea City on Tuesday and ending with a local derby in front of 3,000+ travelling fans at Preston North End, Grigg said Latics are seeing the benefits of the squad his manager Paul Cook assembled during the summer months.
Listen to Will's chat from 29:20 on Latics Listen below, or read from the excerpt.
Be sure to catch episode 9 this Thursday, with studio guest Jonathan Jackson, striker Joe Garner, former Latics maestro Jordi Gomez... and Cedric Kipre answers your social media questions.
"It's a ruthless league and the games come thick and fast," Grigg began.
"The gaffer insists on how important each match is, you can't go into a game at 75% or 80%, you simply won't pick up points if you do that.
"It's the whole reason we have the squad rather than just an 11 or a 12. It allows the gaffer to make changes here and there when he feels the need to freshen things up because this league takes its toll on everyone.
"Our core group has made a massive difference this season and it's something we got wrong last time in the Championship. When you make too many changes it's hard to gel as a team and it takes time. The gaffer has done really well with the recruitment to make us stronger, but he's also worked hard to keep the main spine of the team and it's had a massive impact.
"We've got a really good bunch of lads and we all get along off the pitch as well."
On his own performances so far this season, in which he's netted three times, Grigg says he's also been happy with his contributions within the team performance, not just the goals on his personal chart.
"Because I'm not six foot four, I don't get recognition for my hold up play and my link up play but I understand that. There are a lot of games when I'll hardly touch the ball for 50 minutes and then I'll pop up and score a goal and I'll get the plaudits.
"I love scoring goals, but it's nice to be involved in them with the team as well. Samy's goal against Hull was great. It was good to link up with him in terms of creating the space for him to run in and obviously it's a brilliant finish. He's been playing really well lately, he's a really good player and it's great to see."