Callum McManaman talks to Nick Taylor about his desire to keep on playing in the FA Cup.
The 21-year-old forward started both games against AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser and has thrived in the competition since scoring his first goal for the Club in the 2010/11 competition against Hull City.
McManaman scored again last season in the third round against Swindon Town and is determined to get among the goals once more this year when Latics take on Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
“The FA Cup is massive for any player," he said.
“It’s special to play in such a prestigious competition and it means a lot to everyone and sometimes even more so for younger players because it’s a chance to impress the gaffer.
“When I scored for the first time against Hull City (pictured) in this competition I felt a lot of pride and I had some of my friends in the crowd as well which made it an even more special moment.
“They’re going to be at the Macclesfield game as well and hopefully I can provide a moment like that again for myself but more importantly for the team and our fans.”
McManaman’s determination to play at the Moss Rose on Saturday is fuelled by his desire to improve past performances, adding:
“The replay at Bournemouth wasn't my strongest performance but with those minutes under my belt it helps towards being as sharp as possible and hopefully if the gaffer chooses me against Macclesfield then I can prove myself even more.
“Every game is a chance to improve and get to the top of my game and the FA Cup is a great competition to do that in.”
Over 2000 Latics supporters will be making the trip to Cheshire and McManaman said he understands just how important the game is to everyone involved.
“It’s a massive occasion for Macclesfield especially being at home and it’s a huge occasion for us as well because our fans are turning up in their numbers and it’s going to be a great game.
“Macclesfield will be giving it their all, maybe even more than usual but we have to remain calm and be ourselves."