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Will Grigg: Dumping Manchester City out of the FA Cup is my highlight so far

Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester City

By Paul Ferguson

Wigan and Northern Ireland forward Will Grigg says scoring the goal that knocked Manchester City's superstars out of the FA Cup is his 'highlight'.

It was Grigg's seventh goal in this season's competition, more than any other player. Four of those have now come against Premier League opposition as Grigg fired in a double to down West Ham last month after also netting against Bournemouth.

He also netted twice in MK Dons' stunning 4-0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup in 2014 but, given the calibre of Monday evening's opponents, his 79th minute pinpoint effort was the pick of the bunch.

"I've scored against Premier League teams before but this calibre of side and the whole thing about Manchester City at the minute is unbelievable so to do that tonight is probably the highlight," he smiled.

“I caught the offside trap and it was a nice little race with Kyle Walker. I am a goalscorer, if I get a chance I’ll score them. The FA Cup has been brilliant to me.”

Premier League runaway leaders City, packed full of world class talent, were reduced to 10 men just before half-time when Fabian Delph was controversially sent off.

Grigg hopes his recent form, which has also seen him notch up nine League One goals this term, will earn him a recall to Michael O'Neill's squad for the Northern Ireland friendly against South Korea next month.

"It was a nice, easy game for us," he joked after full-time on Monday evening. "No, it was an unbelievable performance by the lads. It was brilliant.

"Even before the sending off we were playing really well. It comes at a good time but it's one of those things.

"Against a side like that - you can see in the second half that they've dominated possession.

"They've got some unbelievable players, some of the best players in the world and we defended unbelievably well."

Birmingham-born Grigg conceded that Wigan, who defeated City in the FA Cup final five years ago, hadn't given themselves much hope of upsetting the odds.

Grigg admitted: "To be honest, probably not. We worked really hard. The gaffer and the staff have put a great game plan together."

Grigg's Wigan boss Paul Cook played down the spat with City counterpart Pep Guardiola which followed Delph's red card.

The two managers exchanged words on the touchline and in the tunnel when the first half came to an end.

Cook said: "There's no problems. From our point of view we're trying to get every edge in everything we can. From Pep's point of view he wants the game played, and correctly so.

"We wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well."

Guardiola, on Delph's dismissal, said: "Red card. It was the decision and nothing happened (between him and Cook)."

The City boss was magnanimous in defeat, adding: "It was like a final. They had one shot on target. I don't have regrets with the way we played, the performance, the heart. I judge my players on intentions, not results, and the intentions were good.

"Wigan won, congratulations to them and now we rest to prepare for the League Cup final."

Sergio Aguero was involved in a clash with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the game.

Fans spilled onto the pitch as the hosts celebrated their win.

Supporters from both clubs were involved in disturbances, while television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.

Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown and a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the City players were being escorted off.

Video footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police by fans in the City end.

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