WILL Grigg has challenged Wigan Athletic to transfer their impressive home form on to the road – starting tonight at Peterborough.
Latics go into the London Road clash full of confidence after putting Colchester to the sword at the weekend.
You can’t really put your finger on why we’ve struggled to replicate the home form on the road this seasonWill Grigg
The 5-0 scoreline was hugely flattering to the visitors, with Latics having enough chances to have reached double figures.
The win was a timely reminder to the rest of League One about how much quality Latics have in their squad.
It also extended their unbeaten record at the DW, with only three goals having been shipped in seven home games.
Frustratingly, it’s been a different story on the road, with only one win – at Chesterfield – from half a dozen league fixtures.
It’s the reason why Latics are ‘only’ in eighth spot, seven points behind league leaders Gillingham.
And Grigg says Latics need to find some consistency on the road to ensure thire potential is reflected in league position.
“We’ve made the DW Stadium a bit of a fortress this season,” Grigg told the Evening Post.
“If we can just pick up the away form now we’ll be flying up the table.
“Peterborough’s a massive game for us and we’ll be looking to pick up where we left off on Saturday.
“You can’t really put your finger on why we’ve struggled to replicate the home form on the road this season. Maybe it’s about the mentality, but the sooner we deal with it, the better for us.”
Latics could hardly be going in to the game in better spirits, following their season-best display against a shell-shocked Colchester outfit.
Three goals inside the opening 14 minutes – from Donervon Daniels (2) and Max Power – got the side off to the perfect start.
And a further brace from Grigg – one in each half – will have sent alarm bells ringing in the Peterborough camp.
“I don’t think they’d have enjoyed watching the highlights from Saturday’s game,” acknowledged Grigg.
“They’ll maybe be a little bit nervous heading in.
“But at the same time they’ll have nothing to lose and we’ll need to be completely focused on the game.”
Grigg took no time to settle back in to the swing of things after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland.
With Grant Holt and Craig Davies back on the bench after injury, alongside Jordy Hiwula, manager Gary Caldwell suddenly has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal.
Grigg believes that competition for places will help ensure greater consistency of performance.
“You just need to look around the dressing room at the substitutes and the players who weren’t even involved,” Grigg added.
“It’s a brilliant squad here, and that’s the standard we’ve set for ourselves.
“Everyone knows that if they’re not at their best they can easily be replaced by someone else. That should keep everyone on their toes.
“Competition for places is what you’re looking for in a team sport.
“Everyone is working as hard as they possibly can to either get in the team or stay in the team.
“If you get your chance, you have to take it - or someone else will.”
Admission tonight is pay on the gate at in the North Stand at London Road.
Tickets are priced £23 adults, £14 Over-60s , £14 Under-21s.£10 Under-18s.