Revenge on Wigan Athletic star's mind
Will Grigg admits Wigan Athletic will be motivated by a desire for revenge as well as three points when they try to get their promotion push back on track at Bradford.
Latics are aiming to move within five points of League One leaders Blackburn by winning the first of their four games in hand.
And if’s that’s not enough incentive, Grigg says the memory of Bradford’s last-gasp 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium back in October will also be in the minds of the players.
“Any time a team comes to your place and beats you, it lingers in your mind,” Grigg told the Wigan Post.
“We won’t let it get to us or cloud or thinking, but it does give us a little extra incentive to pull it back.
“They’re obviously a good side at home, there’s always a good atmosphere there.
“But we know if we’re at our best we can beat any team in this league, and we need to prove that at Bradford.
“Bradford’s the first of our four games in hand, and a win would send a little bit of a statement to Blackburn and Shrewsbury.”
Latics are hoping to get back to winning ways after drawing their last two matches - part of a mini-slump that’s seen them beat only rock-bottom Rochdale in their last five league outings.
The most recent setback was at the weekend against Scunthorpe, with Gary Roberts’ late equaliser not enough to mask another disappointing afternoon.
“It’s definitely two points dropped as far as we’re concerned,” Grigg recognised.
“It looks like a good point because if the way we rescued it with the late goal.
“But really, with respect, we should be beating teams like that.
“We’ve managed to get ourselves 2-1 up only to concede a sloppy goal right on half-time.
“It’s one of those, a point’s not a disaster, and we’ve got a chance to put it right at Bradford.
“If we can win at Bradford, it’s four points from the two games, and I suppose we might see it as a point gained.”
Latics also have the small matter of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Southampton to prepare for.
Despite being 90 minutes away from a Wembley semi-final, Grigg says no-one is thinking about that game just yet.
“The FA Cup’s been brilliant for us, but at the moment it’s tunnel-vision and only thinking about Bradford,” he added.
“The biggest game is always the next one, and we’re only thinking about Bradford.”