Following Wigan Athletic’s 3-3 draw in the FA Cup third round against MK Dons at the DW Stadium yesterday, Callum McManaman shared his thoughts, stating that the manner of the performance will be a lesson to the team.
“We’re gutted because we should have forced the game out,” said the 22-year-old.
“After we scored our second goal we even said to each other that we needed to up our performance, the result today and the way we let it slip will be a big lesson to us.”
Latics took a two-goal lead with the opening 26 minutes of the match and after being pulled back to 2-2 before half time, McManaman scored his sixth career FA Cup goal to force his side back in front just moments after Ali Al Habsi saved a penalty.
Although he admits the game could have gone either way, McManaman said Latics should have extended their lead on two crucial occasions.
“We thought we had enough with the third goal, but in fairness to MK Dons I thought they were the better team at the end.
“The game could have gone either way, there were moments at 2-0 up and 3-2 up where we could have extended our lead.
“At 2-0 when I tried to pick out James (McClean) in the area, I thought we could have gone on to score four or five goals.
“A third goal would have been enough to give us that confidence in the second half, but their two goals really knocked us.”
Last season’s third round tie with AFC Bournemouth also threw up a replay following a draw at the DW Stadium, McManaman added:
“We started with a replay against Bournemouth last year and then look what happened after that.
“Anything can happen in this competition and that’s what makes it so special.
“We know we’re good enough to go to their ground in 10 days and do the business to get us into the fourth round.
“It was just a crazy game, that’s the FA Cup for you.”