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30 November 2018

Back on target in blue and white, Callum McManaman is raring to go ahead of Latics' trip to Bolton Wanderers after scoring in Wednesday's 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.

  • Callum McManaman - Forward delighted to be given chance against Blackburn Rovers.
  • McManaman keen to impress Paul Cook and contribute to the team.
  • "I'm made up to score again for the club." - Callum McManaman.

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Speaking for episode 16 of the club's Latics Listen podcast, Wednesday night's third goal scorer Callum McManaman explained how he's been biding his time and adjusting to Paul Cook's system, with his patience paying off in Latics' 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers, with his first goal for the club since returning in the summer.

McManaman began:

“I'm absolutely buzzing with the goal. I think I showed how much it meant to me.

“It’s been hard at times not playing as much as I would’ve wanted but I think I’ve done well when I’ve played.

“The lads were brilliant on Wednesday and the main thing is getting the three points.”

Thr 27-year-old, whose previous Latics goal was more than four years ago away at Bolton Wanderers in November 2014, was delighted to be back on target in blue and white, just days ahead of Latics' next trip to their near-neighbours.

“There’s nothing better, I had a feeling I was going to score, and I’m just made up to score again for the club.

“The gaffer’s been brilliant with me, he knows what I can do and every time he gives me a chance I’ve just got to keep doing well and keep going.”

“His system is a bit different to what I’m normally used to, but I feel like I’m getting used to it more and more and every time I’ve come on, I feel like I’ve done well.

“He knows I’m frustrated and that I want to play especially after the last four games, but I want to get into the team and show what everyone here knows I can do.”

Listen to Callum on the latest episode of our podcast.

Moving on from one local derby to another, McManaman added:

“It was a massive win against Blackburn and if we can get something from Bolton on Saturday then we’re flying, and the fans will be excited, we know how big the occasion is.

“I think you could see from the travelling fans at Preston earlier in the season how disappointed everyone was, and I think Wednesday's result shows how hard we’ve worked and how determined we’ve been as a group to put the results right.

“That’s the championship, it can change in a week or two and we’re now looking up after picking up four points this week and the local derby on Saturday. If we get something from that then, who knows, maybe we can get a run going before Christmas.”

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