Grigg is stepping up says Lewington

Will Grigg. Pic: Jane Russell
Will Grigg. Pic: Jane Russell

MK Dons skipper Dean Lewington heaped praise on striker Will Grigg following the departure of top scorer Benik Afobe.

Grigg set up Carl Baker to score the only goal of the game in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United at stadium:mk, while started Dons’ fight back by scoring their first in the 2-2 draw with Crawley last weekend.

While Afobe’s 19 goals saw him steal most of the headlines during their time together, Grigg’s strike at the Checkatrade.com Stadium saw him reach double figures for the season.

And in the aftermath of Afobe’s departure to Wolves last week, Lewington praised Grigg for his role in leading from the front.

He said: “Will Grigg has been brilliant since Benik left, getting a goal last week too and set one up. It shows the quality we have got. Benik got the headlines, but we’ve still got a fantastic striker.

“We had it last year with Patrick Bamford. Sometimes it can unsettle teams. Benik was a massive part of what we did here, and he was a very big player for us. It was hard when he left because he’s close with some of the boys. It can unsettle the ship, but the boys have been great, they’ve all stepped up.

“We learned our lesson last year. We didn’t fill the hole last year when Patrick left. But Will has been scoring, so it’s less of a change.

“The new boy (Jonson Clarke-Harris) came in too, and he looks a really bright prospect. Hopefully he can bed in and make an impact.”

Dons’ win on Saturday completed the double over Sheffield United, following the 1-0 win at Bramall Lane in October. It also means Dons are now 12 points clear of the final play-off spot, and still right in the running for the League 1 title.

“It shows how well we’ve done this year,” added Lewington. “Six points against a very good team is good going, and hopefully it’ll kick start us after a few disappointing results over the New Year.

“The pace at the top has been frightening, and no one at the top is dropping points. It’s imperative that we keep winning, especially in our home games.

“We need to get as many points here, and pick up what we can on the road.”