Luton Town’s Callum McManaman has said that he had a ‘point to prove’ when he came on against Wigan Athletic in the Championship on Saturday, where he scored the equalising goal in their 2-1 win.
Graeme Jones’ Luton went into this game at Kenilworth Road having been thumped 7-0 by Brentford in their last outing. That one was 5-0 at half-time and Luton were trailing at the break in this one too, Wigan’s Kieffer Moore putting the Latics ahead after 35-minutes.
It was the two substitutes who won it for Jones in the second-half though, McManaman scoring his third goal of the season with five minutes to go and then George Moncur the winner in injury time.
It’s made for back-to-back home wins for Luton and lifts them away from the drop zone with four points now separating them from 22nd-placed Wigan.
Speaking to the club’s media after the game on Saturday, McManaman spoke about coming off the bench and having a ‘point to prove’ against his old club:
“Obviously, it’s a great result. I’m buzzing to come on and make an impact,” said the 28-year-old, and when asked if he had a ‘point to prove’ when he came on in the 71st-minute, replied:
“Yeah, I’d say that, being against my old club… I was disappointed I wasn’t starting to be honest, I thought i was going to be playing so I knew I had to do something off the bench.”
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Only a point separated the two teams going into the weekend, and it was a game that both sides really needed to win to get their respected seasons back on track.
“There was an extra bit of edge,” added McManaman. “Wigan are right near us in the league as well so we knew it was a six-pointer.”
Luton looked all but destined for relegation a few weeks ago but after consecutive home wins either side of that Brentford loss, Jones looks to have the Hatters back on some sort of track at least.
McManaman’s opportunities at Luton have been limited this season but he’s now scored three times coming off the bench, and is surely pushing for a starting spot in that Luton side.