Winger Callum looking forward to ‘extra spice’ against Brentford on Saturday.
- McManaman looking forward to clash with Brentford.
- It’s a big week for Latics.
- We need to pick things up now.
Latics forward Callum McManaman says Saturday’s clash with Brentford is the type of game he relishes and he’s hoping for a special atmosphere to match.
McManaman’s good friend Adam Forshaw and manager Uwe Rosler will go up against their former club with the fixture also the German’s 50th since taking charge of Latics in December 2013.
And McManaman, who picked up a knock prior to the international break meaning he missed out on starting at Wolves a week ago, says he’s looking forward to Saturday’s visit of the Bees.
“I had a little knock before the break but I was OK for the Wolves game and that was a decent result,” McManaman explained. “We’re just looking forward to Saturday now.
“There will be a spice to it and the atmosphere should be good with a few tackles going in, I love these games.”
And McManaman’s message to his teammates and everyone associated with Wigan Athletic is clear; we have to pick up now.
“I think the target has to be six points from the Saturday and Tuesday [Millwall] games and then we can kick on from them really,” he added.
“I don’t think it’ll be the same team every game, we’ll probably mix it up a bit because it’s a tough period with three games in seven days, hopefully we get two good wins at home and then go into the Derby game with a bit of confidence.
“I think it will be tough to do what we did last year where we came so good, so late on, I don’t think it will be as simple to do that again this year so we know we need to start picking up now so we don’t leave too much to do later on in the season.”
On a personal note, McManaman started the season with four goals in five games and he says he’s now looking to kick on and return his best-ever form in front of goal.
“I started well and scored a few goals whilst we were also getting a few points so hopefully I can start doing that more now,” McManaman continued.
“We know we need to turn it around but we have the players to do it and we just need to keep working hard.”