Media furore after Haidara challenge didn't get me down, says Wigan star McManaman

The 22-year-old Latics forward has thanked his manager Roberto Martinez for the support he received following the outcry against his tackle on the Newcastle defender last month
Wigan youngster Callum McManaman says he did not let damning reaction he received affect him after his horrific challenge on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara.

McManaman scored a 20-yard screamer against Tottenham on Saturday but has been plagued by the tackle that caught Haidara full on the knee.

But despite the media reaction towards him, the 22-year-old has shown that he is capable of bouncing back and says he didn't let it get to him.

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"There was a long wait after the Newcastle game for the next match, but what happened didn't get me down," McManaman told reporters.

"People around you help, but ultimately it's down to you as an individual to go one way or the other and having just got into the team, I was desperate to get back on the training pitch and make sure I was in the starting line-up for Norwich.

"When the gaffer put me in that team it was a big moment and from that point onwards I like to think that I've progressed and become a stronger part of the team."

McManaman has been one of the shining stars of the Wigan team this season and the forward has scored some important goals - helping the club to the FA Cup final.

The strike against Tottenham, with his weaker foot, was his first in the Premier League and he is looking for more to ensure Wigan avoid relegation.

"The past couple of months have been pivotal," he added. "But it’s all happened so fast that I've not really had a chance to stop and reflect, which is probably good.

"I've got my place in the team and I don't want to let it go because I've waited a long time for it. I want to stay here and help the team stay up."