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Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg picks up Player of the Month award

By Adam McKendry

Will Grigg's phenomenal season continued with another stunning month, resulting in the English Football League awarding him with the Player of the Month Award for April.

Grigg bagged six goals and an assist in just eight games for club Wigan, who are already assured of a place in the Championship for next season and could win the title tomorrow with a draw at Doncaster Rovers.

His month was highlighted by a hat-trick against MK Dons, while he also notched key strikes against Portsmouth and Oxford United that kept the Latics on their promotion charge.

"It's great to pick up these awards, but I can't stress enough how much it's been a team effort," Grigg commented. "The lads have been brilliant throughout. 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 we're 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."

Wigan boss Paul Cook also won Manager of the Month, reflecting on a great month as a whole for the club, but the boss was full of praise for his star striker.

“Will has been excellent for us," Cook enthused. "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.”

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