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Player of the Month: Will Grigg – Wigan Athletic

4 May 2018

Wigan striker Will Grigg has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for April.

Six goals and an assist in eight April games for the prolific Northern Irishman. He did it all - nipping in for a header at Portsmouth, running in behind, as he did in his hat-trick against MK Dons and sliding home a late winner over Oxford.

Wigan manager Paul Cook said: “Will has been excellent for us. He’s a real handful for defences and continues to find himself in the right place at the right time to score goals.

“Whilst his hat-trick against MK Dons was great, his link up with Devante Cole for the late winner against Oxford was critical.”

Grigg said: “It’s great to pick up these awards, but I can’t stress enough how much it’s been a team effort and the lads have been brilliant throughout and obviously it’s nice for me to get the goals but it’s been a collective effort and I wouldn’t have got the award without them.

“One of the benefits of having such a strong squad is that we were playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and were able to rotate the team and whoever was out there was more than capable of doing the job.

“It was a massive month for us and when you’re at the business end of the season it’s really important to get those wins.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Will’s season has gone from strength to strength since his winner against Manchester City threw the national spotlight on him once again in February.

“His goals have been instrumental in driving Wigan towards promotion and victory in their final game would see them finish the season as Sky Bet League One Champions.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford said: “Six goals and an assist for Grigg in the month have been instrumental in wrestling Wigan back to the summit of League One.

“A heavy April schedule was always likely to decide the destination of the title and the Northern Irishman’s predatory instincts mean the Latics hold all the aces going into the final day.”

The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford.

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