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Latics’ exciting young winger Callum McManaman has happy memories of St Mary’s Stadium and talks through the goal he scored last season.
Although David Jones has scored there for Preston and Wolves, 21-year-old McManaman is the only Latics player to have netted there – albeit in the colours of Blackpool.
As well as Jones, only Emmerson Boyce, Ben Watson and Jean Beausejour of the current squad have ever played there.
In the middle of his loan spell at Bloomfield Road, McManaman got the experience that only a select few Latics players have ever had, when he played against Southampton at St. Mary’s on 10th December 2011.
McManaman’s Blackpool side almost pulled off a shock victory at fortress St Mary’s only to be pegged back by a late equaliser.
The striker’s goal that took the game to 2-1 squirmed between the goalkeeper’s arms and legs.
McManaman explained, “I turned around away from goal because it wasn’t even the best shot
“Then all the players came running over to me and that was the first moment I knew I’d scored.
“I had a really good game and to come away with a goal was great, it will be good to be heading back to somewhere with happy memories.”
He prepared himself for this weekend’s trip with an appearance and goal for the Under 21 side against Leicester City on Tuesday.
“It was a good experience playing in that game because there are a lot of good players coming through in the Under 21s and for the first 60 minutes or so we played really well.
“For my goal, nobody came to tackle me so I just carried on running and before I knew it I was on the edge of the box with loads of space so I just hit it and it flew in.
“I want to really push on and get into the first team this season because it was a great experience and feeling to come on in front of the home crowd last season.
“I’ve just got to push for that first Premier League start now because after getting the taste for it, you just want to get in the team permanently.”