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Lambert: FA Cup a sideshow

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted major clubs would rather do without the distraction of the FA Cup.

Villa head into Saturday's third round clash with League One Sheffield United having moved six points clear of the relegation zone courtesy of the 1-0 New Year's Day victory at Sunderland.

And when asked if his fellow top-flight managers would prefer to avoid the FA Cup altogether, Lambert said: "If they were being honest, they probably would do. Not just because of the money but survival in the league is vital.

"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.

"Cup competitions, if you can get through, then absolutely I want to get through. I don't want to not get through but your main one is the league.

"We don't have a massive squad and points are really important. If you are honest enough people will say the same."