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26 October 2013

Callum McManaman wants strong start to the game at the Valley as Latics look to hit the ground running.

Speaking after Thursday night’s Europa League game against Rubin Kazan, second half substitute Callum McManaman shared his views on this Sunday’s Championship game against Charlton Athletic.

The 22-year-old winger is hoping for a fast and furious start to the game, much like the end of the second half in Thursday’s 1-1 draw.

McManaman said:

“The way we came out in the second half on Thursday shows just how we can take games to our opposition and that’s something we’re going to need to do against Charlton.

“The way we played against Rubin showed just how we can take games to teams, it’s what we’ve been doing in the league too, we’ve just been unfortunate at times.

“There’s a good feeling going into the game because of the way we put ourselves in a good position in the Europa League group.

“Now is the time to focus on getting ourselves into a good spot in the league and to do that we need to get three points.”

After collecting another point in Europe and maintaining the club’s unbeaten status, McManaman thinks Latics can move on from the disappointment of defeat to Blackpool last time out in the Championship.

“I think it was a good reaction from last Saturday’s defeat against Blackpool.

“It certainly wasn’t the result we wanted going into the Rubin game, but we showed our better side in the Europa League and deserved to win, which we nearly did right at the end.

“We showed good movement on Thursday up front and we got a lot of crosses into the box, I really enjoyed my appearance and thought we’d scored when I put that low cross in at the end.”

With fellow forwards Marc-Antoine Fortune and Grant Holt back from recent injuries, McManaman said Latics can go out and collect three points.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t go to Charlton and get the three points.

“We haven’t had the best of starts this season, but we all know our ability is there it’s just about getting the balance right and making sure we break teams down.

“Now that Marco and Grant are fit we’ve got some excellent options to aim at in the box, they both looked good on Thursday and hopefully they can be the same this Sunday.”

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