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Cup win could be catalyst

7 November 2013

Simon Lappin believes a victory in the FA Cup on Saturday will aid United's bid to climb the League One table.

Momentum is a key word for the Cardiff loanee, who impressed in a central midfield role at Shrewsbury last week.

"Regardless of the competition, we want to win the game, but a win on Saturday would not only get us through to the second round but set us up nicely for Gillingham at home," said Lappin.

"We know we need to start climbing the league table quickly and after the weekend that will be our sole focus in the weeks ahead. A win will be a boost and help momentum ahead of returning to Bramall Lane."

Of his positional change last week, he added: "I have always said I prefer to play in midfield, but I am professional enough and committed enough to give 100 per cent wherever the manager wants me to play and for the good of the team I will always give it my best shot.

"I am a whole hearted performer and in recent seasons I have probably been seen as a left-back, but thankfully the new manager has opted to use me in midfield, both on the left and more recently in the centre.

"Being versatile isn't an hindrance to me, personally I see my versatility as being a good thing. Of course I like to get on the ball and try and make things happen, but as a midfielder you have to be prepared to get your hands dirty and get stuck in."

Earlier this week, Lappin extended his loan deal at the Lane until the New Year. He added: "I am delighted the manager wanted to keep me here and now I am fully focused on repaying the faith he has shown in me.

"This is a huge club, I want to be part of it moving forward and hopefully I can continue to contribute.

"It is fair to say it has been a hectic first month or so but, thankfully, I have had the opportunity to impress the new Gaffer and again I am delighted he has seen fit to keep me here until January."

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