WILL Grigg has issued a call to arms to his Wigan Athletic colleagues as they look to quickly get over last weekend’s JPT Trophy exit when Blackpool visit the DW Stadium on Saturday.
With no more knock-out competitions to play for, Latics’ sole attention will go on their promotion campaign, which sees them just four points from the summit of League One.
Obviously we were looking to do well in the cups but they’re out the way now and we can’t do anything about thatWill Grigg
And despite obvious disappointment at missing out on a chance to grace Wembley thanks to their penalty shoot-out loss to Barnsley, striker Grigg says there is no point dwelling on what might have been.
“We’ve said from the start that winning promotion was the main thing,” said the 24-year-old.
“Obviously we were looking to do well in the cups but they’re out the way now and we can’t do anything about that.
“It’s all on the league now and it’ll be another tough game this weekend against Blackpool.”
While Blackpool’s league position, just two places from the foot of the table, may suggest Saturday’s
clash presents a golden opportunity for Latics to return quickly to winning ways, Grigg has warned his team-mates they need to be on their guard.
“We’ve already seen that there’s no easy games in the league, and this one will be no different,” he explained.
Grigg was one of the few shining lights in last weekend’s Cup exit, putting in a man-of-the-match display which produced two goals.
And the efforts of the Northern Ireland international were not lost on boss Gary Caldwell.
“I thought Will was fantastic on Saturday,” he said.
“I thought he worked extremely hard throughout the game.
“When you do that, you get your rewards. He was in the right place at the right time, making great
runs, and we managed to find him.”
Caldwell thinks there is more to come from Grigg, who endured injury trouble at the start of his three-year deal at the club when the season started.
But hoping the stop-start nature of Grigg’s progress is smoothing out, Caldwell expects the striker to play a major role in Latics’ promotion bid.
“If he hangs around the box and those opportunities continue to come, he’ll score a lot more goals,” said Caldwell.
“He’ll be the first to say it’s been a stop-start season because of injuries and international call-ups – and he’s still got a ratio of better than one-in-two starts.
“He’ll be a threat to every team now we’ve got him up to speed.
“He’s the best striker in this without a doubt, and he’ll be a massive player for us between now and the end of the season.”