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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert struggles to get up for cup

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert struggles to drum up much enthusiasm for the third round of the FA Cup, but Matthew Lowton believes it represents a chance to get Villa Park "rocking" once again.

Asked by BBC West Midlands on Thursday whether this weekend's fixtures were something top-flight clubs would rather avoid, the Scot said: "If they were being honest, they probably would do. It is realistic, that is the nature of it.

"If anyone says any differently then I am not so sure they will be telling the truth because the Premier League is the most vital thing that anyone wants to get into and we are no different."

His comments will do little to add to the magic of the cup when Sheffield United visit today.

Addressing a pre-match press conference, Lambert added: "I probably don't buy into the great cup run."

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