Will Grigg became the first MK Dons player to score four goals in a game and described the historic accolade as special.
The striker delivered one of the individual performances of the season as he scored four goals with four shots to set MK Dons up for their third successive Sky Bet League One win. What’s more impressive is three of Grigg’s goals came within just 260 seconds of playing time – with his second being scored later in the game than his third.
His four-goal haul now leaves Grigg as the club’s eighth all-time goalscorer in the league (28), and ninth in all competitions (30). A memorable afternoon at Stadium MK for Grigg, one he won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
“It means a lot to have this record and at a club that I love is really special. You never know, it might be one I end up breaking again one day!
“To get four and break a record is brilliant. But full credit to the boys, I know it sounds cliché, but they made it easy for me. They put the ball in great areas consistently.
The gaffer and Luke have been telling them to look forwards, look for Griggy, looking for the right areas and today it has paid off - I owe them everything and appreciate it.”
Boss Russell Martin hinted to Grigg at half-time that if he completed his hat-trick he would bring off the striker and let him get some well-earned rest ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood Town. The selfless striker says it was a decision he was happy with and was enjoying watching Charlie Brown try get himself on the scoresheet.
“The gaffer told me to get a hat-trick and he'd bring me off! I got that one so early I thought I'd stay on and I got the fourth!
“Charlie is a great lad, he works so hard. He has loads of ability and I was desperate for him to score. He's got a really bright future. To watch them play with that sort of freedom, we could have scored even more. A few in the dressing room are disappointed not to score or get an assist.”
Grigg also reserved special praise for both Scott Fraser and Matthew Sorinola for their work to help him score four goals.
“They were playing high lines and Scotty has put it on a plate for me, same for the hat-trick too. I've got a great relationship with him off the pitch, and it shows on the pitch. He's a top-class player, and if he keeps doing that, I'll get more goals before the end of the season.
“The work Matty Sorinola did, the work he put in on the left, the quality he has got is brilliant. He deserved an assist today because he was top-drawer.”