‘Massive’ games ahead for Owls

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday midfielder Chris Lines isn’t dwelling on their FA Cup humbling at home to Blackpool and is tipping the team to get back on the winning trail.

Instead of a fifth round tie at Premier League stalwarts Everton a week on Saturday, the Owls will return to league duty at Chesterfield, having been dumped out of Britain’s oldest cup competition.

Lines said: “It is disappointing we are not going to Everton because it is a great stadium. It would have been a great cup tie but it is not happening now and we have to forget about it and bounce back on Saturday and most importantly get three points.

“Chesterfield is more important by a mile. The league is the main aim and that takes priority over any cup competition. We have to keep doing what we are doing in the league and not let what happened against Blackpool affect us at all. At the end of the day we just want promotion.”

Gary Megson’s men were thoroughly outplayed in their 3-0 fourth round replay loss to Blackpool but Lines is confident the club will bounce back immediately.

“We were beaten by the better team,” he said. “Blackpool passed us off the park at times. That’s why they are fifth in the Championship and have every chance of playing in the Premier League again next season. We are not going to have any hangover. We are doing well in the league and have got a massive game against Exeter on Saturday and another one on Tuesday against Stevenage and we are aiming for six points.

“The side might change again on Saturday. Some people might keep their place and some might not. That’s the luxury of such a big squad.”

Lines admitted he was ‘gutted’ to lose the tie but added: “Ian Holloway is a great manager and is obviously drilling the passing ethic into them.”