Goalkeeper Ben Killip made his EFL debut on Boxing Day and is now hoping to play well enough to keep his place between the sticks.
Killip was called upon after McKeown was forced to come off with a suspected groin injury.
Speaking straight after the game, Ben said: “I was delighted today and I hope that is the first of many.
“Macca is a club legend and he’s played 350 odd games for the club. Of course I have had to wait and bide my time. Hopefully I can keep my place."
When he got the nod.
“All the coaching staff and Woggy (Andy Warrington) have told me to go and warm up. I’ve gone to warm up and they’ve called me back in - I knew that I was about to come on and then it was about preparing myself mentally.”
How was it different from your Checkatrade Trophy games?
“There were four thousand more people there for a start. The intensity was high today and they’ve got all their first team playing, and they are a good side.
“It’s a lot different because there is a lot more riding on it because we are trying to make the play-offs.
“It’s been one of the most frustrating six months of my life, I don’t want to sit there and watch games, all I want to do is get on that pitch."
Are you hoping that Macca’s injury is not too bad but perhaps you are doing well enough to keep him out?
“Obviously that is the plan for myself. I want to play as many football games as I can.
“It’s completely different preparing to start as opposed to preparing to sit on the bench.”
Were you nervous or excited when you were set to come on?
“A bit of both, it was my Football League debut. Of course there is a bit of nerves, but I’ve been waiting and training my hardest for 22 years.”