We can take the pressure - Grigg

Will Grigg insists Wigan Athletic are not feeling the pressure as the League One promotion battle reaches a thrilling climax.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 1:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 2:36 pm
Will Grigg

Latics, who remain in second place, three points clear of Gillingham and Walsall, have only 10 matches to negotiate until the end of the campaign.

But they’ll have to perform better than they did at Colchester on Saturday if they are to achieve their goal of an immediate return to the Championship.

Despite twice taking the lead down in Essex, Latics required a last-minute effort from Grigg to secure a 3-3 draw which extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches.

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With all of their immediate rivals winning, the margin for error became a little bit smaller. But Grigg says no-one at the DW is reaching for the panic button just yet.

“It’s not a matter of pressure, not at all,” he told the Evening Post.

“It was a tough game against a side scrapping for their lives.

“I think if there’d been five minutes extra, we’d probably have gone on and got the winner. But we’ve got a good dressing room and a great bunch of players. We’ll be fine.”

Grigg remains on course to achieve an impressive third promotion in a row from the third tier, having tasted glory last term with MK Dons and the previous year at Brentford.

“We’re on the right track and we’ll be doing everything we can to keep going,” he added. “I know what it takes, and I’ll be doing everything I can to help the boys do it.

“I definitely feel we’ve got what it takes to get there.”

Meanwhile, Latics have offered professional contracts to six of their current crop of second-year Academy apprentices.

Goalkeeper Kelland Absalom, defenders Arnie Baxendale, Luke Burke and Alex Lingard, midfielder Josh Gregory and striker James Barrigan will all join the Development Squad for next term.

The Under-18s are four points clear at the top of the Football League Youth Alliance with nine games left, and reached the FA Youth Cup fifth round for the first time before losing to Manchester City.