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Noone claims cup run boost

Craig Noone claims an extended run in the FA Cup will aid Cardiff City's Premier League survival bid, rather than hinder it.

The Bluebirds switch their attention to knockout competition on Saturday when they face current holders Wigan Athletic.

The Latics tasted Wembley glory last season, only to then suffer the heartache of relegation out of the top flight.

Cardiff find themselves in a similar situation this term, as they lie second from bottom in the standings, two points from safety.

It has been suggested that the cup is a distraction they could do without, but Noone believes the momentum built during a run through to the last 16 will prove beneficial in the long run.

He said after Tuesday's goalless draw with Aston Villa: "It is important.

"We need to concentrate on Wigan, prepare well for the game and then prepare well for Hull.

"We have had a good cup run and we are looking to keep the momentum going because that will stand us in good stead. If we can play well against Wigan and take that into the Hull game, it will do us a lot of good.

"We've won two cup ties so far and as far as I'm concerned that has simply given us confidence that has reflected in our league performances.

"We need to concentrate on this game, prepare well for it, and try to keep the momentum in the cup rolling."