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22 January 2013

Grigg reaches double figures...

WILL Grigg's two-goal salvo in Saturday's victory over high-flying AFC Bournemouth took him into double figures for the season.

The Northern Ireland International put in a match-winning display as we made it six wins from our last seven games to move into the top ten.

"It's always nice to get into double figures," he said. "Now that I've passed that landmark, I want to push on and see where it takes me.

"I am pleased that the goals are starting to come for me now because I felt that I was playing well earlier in the season without getting the reward in terms of goals.

"I feel a lot stronger and quicker now and have the added confidence that comes with scoring regularly."

Both of Grigg's goals at the weekend came from the penalty spot, the second of which was as a result of a bizarre incident when Grigg was fouled just outside the area but the referee didn't give the free-kick and an opposition player picked the ball up inside the area thinking that he had. 

"It was certainly a weird one," he added with a smile. "Everyone was shocked that the free-kick wasn't given but their lad picked the ball up thinking he had heard the whistle, so the ref then had no choice but to point to the spot.

"It was nice to be able to tuck both penalties away and get the three points in the bag.

"We've been pleased with the way that things have been going recently. As a team we have been playing really well and the goals have finally been coming for us.

"It's about us continuing to do what we've been doing and strengthen our position in the top half of the table.

"From a personal point of view, I've had to adapt to the role that I have been given this season, but credit has to go to the likes of Jamie Paterson, Febian Brandy and James Baxendale who have worked well and created the chances for me.

"They could trouble any defence with their skill and pace and their willingness to attack teams makes a big difference for us.

"I feel that we have matured as a team and have played some good stuff recently. Things are coming together really well and our knowledge has improved; we've learned from the winless run earlier in the season and are making sure that it doesn't happen again.

"It's been a real team effort. We've been solid in defence and that in turn has given us licence to have freedom in attacking situations.

"The hard work is paying off for us and hopefully we can maintain this form."

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