‘No repeat of Wigan Athletic debacle’ - McManaman

Callum McManaman
Callum McManaman

Callum McManaman has promised Wigan Athletic supporters there will be no repeat of the derby-day debacle at Preston for the rest of the season.

The Latics winger admits the last few days at Euxton have been a very sobering experience in the aftermath of the worst performance of the season by a country mile.

And he is confident there will be a reaction when Latics return from the international break this weekend for the visit of high-flying West Brom.

“It took quite a few days to get over Preston to be honest,” McManaman told the Wigan Post.

“The whole place was down, the players were absolutely gutted.

“We know we let the fans down with the way we performed, we just didn’t play well enough.

“It wasn’t so much the result but the manner of the performance we served up.

“We know we have to recover from it and get it out of the system as quickly as possible.

“And I’ll be very, very surprised if that happens again all season, with the group of lads we’ve got here.”

McManaman feels the fortnight off from domestic combat came at the perfect time for a group of players who, Preston aside, can be delighted with how the opening quarter of the campaign has gone.

“The international break probably came at a good time for us, to draw a line under Preston and look to the rest of the season,” added McManaman.

“We’ve got three games in a week starting this weekend, and the table could look a lot different after that.

“You saw the other week when we won two games in the space of three days and we shot up to third in the league.”

The visit of West Brom is swiftly followed by next Tuesday’s tough trip to Millwall, with an away game at Sheffield United on Saturday week.