Fleetwood keen to silence Grigg and the sources of his chances

"He is a good player with others of that quality around him who are creating the chances for him"

Friday, 30th April 2021, 12:12 pm

Fleetwood boss Simon Grayson knows silencing not just Will Grigg but all of MK Dons' attacking threats will be essential if they are to beat them on Saturday.

The on-loan Sunderland striker netted four goals last time out as Dons thrashed Swindon 5-0 at Stadium MK on Saturday, taking his tally to eight since he signed on transfer deadline day in February. Scott Fraser to has hit a good vein of form recently, scoring five in nine while Matthew Sorinola has been a regular in the assists column too as Dons climbed into the top 10 in League One.

When asked about the threat of Grigg in particular, Grayson said: “We are respectful as he is a good player with others of that quality around him who are creating the chances for him. We will have to look at stopping the source as if we do so, it will limit his opportunities in the game.

"I think he’s proved over the years that he’s a good goal scorer. He’s gone to a familiar place in January and in the last game, picked up four goals.

“We will have to defend our box really well and we have to make sure that we are alert. We can’t let it drop to strikers in any game that you play in because more times than not, they end up in the back of your net. We are certainly aware of him, and the other quality players they’ve got as well."

Fleetwood were beaten 5-2 by Burton at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night, with Russell Martin in attendance as he scouted this weekend's opponents. Grayson feels Dons will offer a different threat to that of the Brewers, saying: “It’s going to be a different proposition than Tuesday - (Dons) are a possession-based team, which is different to Burton who were more direct. They are going to try and suck you in and rotate around the thirds.

“People were telling me how they play football that’s good on the eye, but potentially how they were vulnerable to making the pitch open and you’ll have the ability to create chances against them. The preparation that we’ve been working on has certainly been along those lines.

“They have very talented footballers, who certainly took their chances against Swindon last week, as it was three or four goals at half-time, winning the game with five at the end. It shows you that if you aren’t at it at any time, you can come unstuck."