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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Will Grigg (11', 74', 76')
  • Ethan Ebanks-Lawdell (24' OG)
  • Nick Powell (57')
  • Callum Brittain (35')

Will Grigg hat-trick guides Wigan to victory over MK Dons

Will Grigg fired a brilliant hat-trick to send Wigan Athletic back up to second place in Sky Bet League One after a 5-1 spanking of MK Dons at the DW Stadium.
With promotion rivals Shrewsbury in Checkatrade Trophy action this weekend, Wigan took advantage of one of their games in hand to move two points clear of the Shrews, who are now third, with a game still in hand.
Grigg opened the scoring on 11 minutes, converting from close range after good work down the left from Michael Jacobs.
The Northern Ireland international almost got his toe to the second goal 13 minutes later, although the final touch off Nick Powell's cross was undoubtedly provided by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.
The Dons got a foothold in the game when Callum Brittain pulled one back 10 minutes before half-time.
But Wigan reasserted their authority in the second period, adding three more goals without reply.
Powell - who also hit a post - made it 3-1 with a bullet header from Gavin Massey's right-wing cross, before Grigg made it four on 74 minutes after former Wigan goalkeeper Lee Nicholls had initially tipped his shot on to the bar.
With James Vaughan ready to replace him at the next break in play, Grigg completed his hat-trick before the ball went out - making it 23 for the season, with a cool finish from Jacobs' cross.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Oxford United 35 +24 60
4 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
5 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
6 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
7 Sunderland 36 +16 59
8 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
11 Gillingham 35 +8 51
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
16 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
19 Rochdale 34 -18 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14