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4 January 2019

Callum McManaman tells us of his FA Cup memories and how the competition can help Latics' efforts in the Sky Bet Championship.

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With a record of six goals in 16 FA Cup appearances for Latics, a 2013 winners medal and Man of the Match award, it's safe to say the magic of the competition isn't lost on Callum McManaman.

Speaking as part of the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, the 27-year-old not only shared his memories of such a special tournament, but also how the FA Cup can aid Latics in their bid to return to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship.

"I've got some great memories, not just from the year we won it, but from previous years with my first goals for the club.

"Even the year after we won it was good, but the semi-final against Arsenal still plays on my mind to this day because we should have been in our second consecutive FA Cup final.

"The win (3-0) at Goodison I still say to this day is the best day of my life. It was an unbelievable experience as an Evertonian. That day was also the moment we really believed we could go on and do some damage in the competition.

"We got Millwall in the semi-final draw and all roads were leading to the final. The final was a complete one off and even though we deserved it, it was a freak result.

"On the morning of the final we approached it exactly the same way as normal, we had to mindset to go out and play our usual game. We had no fear in the final, we had nothing to lose. I wouldn't say we went into it expecting to win, but we had nothing to lose and we couldn't have played any better on the day.

"We've had some great results in the competition of the years and I've scored my fair share of goals, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Callum McManaman FA Cup Stats

On this year's fixture against West Bromwich Albion, McManaman continued:

"The FA Cup comes around at a good time of year. We're going through a difficult period, but we can use Saturday to kick start and get out of the current run we're in. A win against West Brom would be just what we need.

"I've been in this situation in the Championship a few times now. It's a tough league and I've always said it's the hardest league to play in, it's brutal.

"You only need a week with three games in it to turn your form around. We need to start creating and scoring more goals, but that will come."

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