Will Grigg sees a similarity between Chesterfield and his other promotion-winning teams

Will Grigg was grinning like a Cheshire Cat in the middle of his interview.
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The striker had just been asked about his close-range effort which put Chesterfield 2-0 up against Barnet on Saturday. It was his tenth goal of the season in all competitions. But it was the nature of the finish that had him smiling ear-to-ear. Unlike against York City last month, when the forward found the net from a ridiculously tight angle, his goal at the weekend was one you would associate more with the Northern Irishman. A poacher’s strike.

"That is more me,” he laughed. “A little two-yard tap-in, those are the ones I like to get on the scoresheet with. Don’t expect many of them like against York!”

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That was his ninth league goal but tenth in all competitions. He doesn’t set targets, he said, but he admitted he should have reached that number a couple of weeks earlier.

Will Grigg scored against Barnet. Picture: Tina Jenner.Will Grigg scored against Barnet. Picture: Tina Jenner.
Will Grigg scored against Barnet. Picture: Tina Jenner.

The 32-year-old has won an incredible five promotions in his career, all from League One, so he knows exactly what it takes and what the make-up of a title-winning team looks like. So does he see any similarities with his previous sides?

"The group as a whole is excellent,” he told BBC Radio Sheffield. “I think good teams bring out performances like today when you are not on it but you still find a way. In the five promotions I have had, every single group has been excellent off the pitch, as well as on the pitch, and we have certainly managed to build that and that is credit to the staff and everyone at the club.”

Grigg’s goal gave Town some breathing space against the Bees and they added two more before the visitors struck a double themselves. But the damage was already done and it means Chesterfield have a five-point gap at the top of the table.

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He added: “It was a game of two-halves. Credit to Barnet, they played really well. We were off it. We were probably lucky to go in at 0-0 but there was some brilliant defending going on. We spoke about going a tiny bit more direct because we knew they would press us and we probably took that literally and went too long at times. The gaffer was excellent at half-time, didn’t get too carried away, he spoke about changing little things here and there but, at the end of the day, I think he trusted us to go out and deliver a much better performance and we did that. We probably could have made it six or seven before they scored. In the second-half, we outran them, outfought them and we were so clinical. In the first-half, we had to ride the storm before we could get the ball down and play.”