SOUGHT-after Sheffield United defender Matthew Lowton has dismissed suggestions that further progress in the FA Cup will hinder their league form.
The Blades entertain Birmingham City in the fourth round of the competition this weekend, having already knocked out Oxford United, Torquay United and Salisbury City at Bramall Lane.
If Danny Wilson’s side see off the Championship high fliers, it means another of United’s fixtures will have to be rearranged for midweek later on in the season.
But right back Lowton, who is reportedly attracting the interest of Ipswich Town again, welcomes a good cup run.
He told The Star: “It would give us a lot of confidence if we could get a result. If we can put in a good performance and get a positive result, hopefully that will give us the confidence we need to push on in the league.
“We are in a no lose situation against Birmingham because we can go out there and express ourselves. We have had the luck of the draw in the first few ties but now the tables have turned because we have to try and do what the other teams have done to us.
“We have got to get in their faces and get the fans right behind us. I think we have got enough to beat any side at home.”
Lowton believes it is not beyond the realms of possibility a team in the third tier of English football could reach the semi final or final of the FA Cup.
“You can’t rule it out because the standard in League One is getting higher every season,” he said. “Both ourselves and Sheffield Wednesday are in it so we have got as much chance as anyone to win the cup. It would be fantastic to have a League One club in the final.”