Lowton explains biggest positive for Villa if they can secure FA Cup semi-final place

Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton has explained why success in the FA Cup is so important.

Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton has told the club’s website what he feels is the biggest benefit for the club if they win the FA Cup quarter-final against West Brom this weekend.

Villa defeated the Baggies in the Premier League this week, but face another tense match against their local opponents as they compete for a place in the semi-finals at Wembley.

“It would have a positive effect on the whole place. Players will be doing everything to keep their places for every game, especially for an occasion like that which hopefully rubs off on the other lads and pushes the team on to get more wins,” said Lowton.

Manager Tim Sherwood will stress focus from one match to the next, but there’s no harm in the club bathing in the benefits of an FA Cup semi-final if they can make it two wins from two against West Brom.

The intensity levels will go through the roof if Villa secure a place in a game at Wembley, which should make the side more difficult to play against in the Premier League.

The level of competition for places will increase, as Lowton suggests, and the boss can use that to his advantage.

It’s a good opportunity for Villa to play more open and free-flowing attacking football, without having to worry about the pressure of their Premier League position.

However, they can’t be reckless because West Brom will want to win the game for the same reasons and they could be going into the game this weekend with a desire for revenge having lost in such dramatic fashion earlier this week.

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