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Monday 20 Aug 2018
Grigg opens account for the season as he hits 50 for Wigan Athletic

Will Grigg scored his 50th league goal for Wigan Athletic as he opened his account for the season in the 2-2 home draw with Nottingham Forest at the weekend. 

After giving the Latics the lead from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark, the 27-year-old striker was left disappointed as the visitors snatched a point with an injury time leveller.

“It was bitterly disappointing to draw in the last minute because we felt we completely dominated the game,” Grigg told the official Wigan website. 

“They are probably one of the best teams in the league and the reports we had were that they played some great stuff against West Brom and we fully expected a tough game, which it was. 

“However, I think we completely dominated the game and it is sickening to draw in the last minute."

“We are playing some really good stuff,” he added. “We have a solid base, we play some really good free-flowing football and with the chances we created in the first half we probably should have gone in better than 2-1.

“We have to stay really positive; if we keep playing like that this year then we’ll be absolutely fine.”

Meanwhile, in League One, Liam Boyce earned Burton Albion their first league win of the campaign after firing home the only goal of the game against Doncaster Rovers, now managed by former Northern Ireland international Grant McCann.

The former Werder Bremen and Cliftonville striker has now scored three goals in his opening three appearances and Burton boss Nigel Clough is still concerned he may lose his prized asset before the end of the loan window in August.

Clough said: “When somebody scores three in their first three league games I’m sure there are a few Championship clubs who’ve got an eye on him and thinking ‘we wouldn't mind that in our team’.

“So even at this stage, until the end of August comes, I don’t think we’ll be totally comfortable."

“I didn't think he was very good in the first half on Saturday,” added Clough. “Some of our play around him from the three midfielders and Marvin Sordell and Lucas Akins was good, and I didn’t think he got hold of it as he did in the second half for us.

“However, he’s popped up with another brilliant goal, and you can’t ask for any more than three from three league games so far.”

On-loan midfielder Ollie Norwood picked up his second man-of-the-match award in a week as he provided the assist for Sheffield United’s opening goal against Norwich City at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Blades boss Chris Wilder, who will sign the former Manchester United player on a permanent deal in January, praised the 27-year-old’s contribution after the game.

“We kept going,” said Wilder. “We got men in the box, Ollie’s delivery was excellent and we were positive in our play. It would have been harsh on us to draw that game, let alone lose it.”

Defender Jonny Evans had a winning Premier League debut for Leicester City as the Foxes defeated Wolves 2-0 at the King Power stadium, and Craig Cathcart also played the full 90 minutes as Watford won 3-2 at Burnley yesterday. 

Finally, in Scotland, Michael O’Neill will be concerned that veteran centre back Aaron Hughes was replaced at half-time in Hearts' 1-0 success at Dunfermline Athletic after picking up a calf injury.