Norwich v Villa: Lowton cup progress will put a spring in our step
Matt Lowton believes securing a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals would bring an "extra dimension" to Villa's season.
Lowton says the sense of excitement around the club is palpable ahead of tonight's last eight tie against Norwich City.
And the full-back reckons securing a spot in the semis would be a major feather in the cap of Paul Lambert's young side.
"The league is the main priority but a good cup run is fantastic," said Lowton.
"We are already in the quarter-final, we've got a great chance of getting to the last four and we will go there with high hopes and we will try and win the game.
"It is a big one for the club and the fans. They keep coming out every week and it's great to hear them.
"If we get into the semi-finals of the cup, it will add an extra dimension to the season."
Lowton is hoping to turn a bad experience of knockout football into a positive when he lines up at Carrow Road tonight.
The former Sheffield United ace was on the losing team in last season's League One play-off final.
He also missed in a penalty shootout on what he describes as the biggest disappointment of his career so far.
But Lowton claims the events of that day made him stronger.
"I had a bad experience at Wembley last year," he said.
"I loved the day but was disappointed in the end. It would be fantastic to go back down there in a cup final.
"It was a massive disappointment. We worked hard all year to get promotion but fell at the last hurdle.
"Going to Wembley is a boyhood dream, isn't it?
"Losing there was the worst thing that has happened in my career up so far."
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