We know how big the prize is - Grigg

Will Grigg
Will Grigg

Will Grigg says Wigan Athletic’s players are keeping their ‘eyes on the prize’ – and not getting carried away despite standing top of League One for the first time this season.

The 5-1 win at Shrewsbury saw Latics leapfrog long-time leaders Burton, with only six matches to go.

Grigg continued his fine form with another couple of goals, to add to earlier efforts from Conor McAleny, Yanic Wildschut and Jason Pearce.

Next up is Saturday’s visit of Coventry, who are in freefall after looking promotion possibles for the first half of the campaign.

But Grigg says no-one in the Latics camp will be taking the Sky Blues lightly – or easing up as the season enters the final straight.

“It’s easy to get carried away in the position we’re in,” Grigg told the Evening Post.

“But when the prize is this big, you have to make sure you stay focused and stay ready.

“We’re fully aware of how big the prize on offer is, and that will ensure none of us get carried away.

“The job is only half done now, and we have got to make sure we finish it off in style.”

Grigg is aiming for his third promotion from League One in a row, after helping MK Dons up last term and Brentford the previous season.

“That’s the reason I signed for this club – that was the aim, to go up,” he acknowledged.

“It would be brilliant if I could do it, but there’s a lot of hard work to go yet.

“You could see from the performance at Shrewsbury that we’re in a good mindset at the moment. We’ve got a good bunch of lads and some real quality in the squad.

“When you’ve got five or six gears, which we have, then it’s not a bad thing to have. It’s a recipe for success.”

Grigg’s brace at the Greenhous Meadow took his tally for the campaign to 22 – including 14 in his last 15 appearances.

Having already matched the 20-goal target given to him in pre-season by chairman David Sharpe, Grigg has pledged to carry on scoring with the carrot of a Euro ‘16 ticket with Northern Ireland up for grabs this summer.

“When the boys are creating chances like they have in recent weeks, it’s nice and easy for me,” added Grigg, who was last week voted the PFA Fans’ League One Player of the Month for March.

“It’s the same as it was last year at MK Dons in that respect, and I’m thriving on it.

“I’ve got 22 now with six games to go, and I’m looking to score a few more. If I can hold my form then I’m confident I’ll be able to do that.”