Lowton aiming to burst Boro's bubble

Matt Lowton
Matt Lowton

Matt Lowton was just seven when his FA Cup dreams were first ended by Middlesbrough.

And tomorrow he is out to exact some sort of revenge at the Riverside.

Matt Lowton watched Clarets boss score from the spot for the Spireites against Middlesbrough

Matt Lowton watched Clarets boss score from the spot for the Spireites against Middlesbrough

Lowton was at Old Trafford cheering on his hometown club Chesterfield in the remarkable semi-final with Boro 19 years ago, as the Spireites took the-then Premier League side to a replay after a 3-3 draw, in which Clarets boss Sean Dyche netted from the spot.

Chesterfield were beaten 3-0 in a replay at Hillsborough, but the tie remains memorable for the right back: "I grew up watching the FA Cup and thinking what a big occasion the final was, and it had always been a dream to be there.

"My first memory was probably the '97 cup run that Chesterfield had when the gaffer was playing.

"My dad used to take me all the time. I remember it like it was yesterday.

We went to Old Trafford and then Hillsborough for the replay. That one wasn't quite as good!"

It was the only penalty kick of Dyche's career, slammed down the middle, and Lowton, whose Chesterfield idol in that side was Kevin Davies, added: "Anything that goes in is a good one!

"It took a lot of bottle to be fair to get up there and to take it."

That dream of getting to the FA Cup Final came true in May, although Lowton wasn't in Aston Villa's 18-man squad for the 4-0 defeat against Arsenal at Wembley, ahead of his summer switch to Burnley.

But it was a good experience nonetheless: "It was massive.

"I still remember the quarter-final at home to West Brom. The atmosphere that night was unbelievable. It was under lights as well, which always makes it seem that little bit more special. But then we went to the semi-final at Wembley, which was a massive occasion, and the fans - it lifted the whole place really.

"And then obviously there was the final. I remember being sat on the bus and all the streets were lined with Villa fans on the way to the ground, and when we got off the bus. It's special moments and it can do great things for your confidence as well."

Now he is hoping to help Burnley past the third round stage for the first time since 2011, at a ground where they lost 1-0 just over three weeks ago: "When you lose, in anything, you don't like it. Personally I hate losing, so it would be nice to turn it around.

“Any time you lose you want to play them again and beat them. That’s the same in any walk of life.

“Winning breeds confidence so we want to go into every game and win it.

“We need to put a run together and there’s no reason why we can’t start on Saturday and take that into the league, get a few wins and when the next round comes around try to win that.

“They’re all big games obviously, but when you’ve got something like the FA Cup possibly to win - I know we’re only in the third round - but when you’ve got a chance to win something like the FA Cup it is magic.

“We build up for the game as a team the same but you sense around the place with the fans that maybe it is that little bit different.

"It's a one-off game with nothing to lose. Hopefully we can get into the next round."