Lowe relishes Hammers home tie

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CHAMPIONSHIP promotion-chasers West Ham stand between Wednesday match-winner Ryan Lowe and another taste of FA Cup glory.

Lowe, whose goal gave the Owls a second-round victory against Aldershot, helped Shrewsbury knock out Everton and take on Chelsea in the the third and fourth round respectively in 2003.

The Scouser would have liked a clash with Liverpool at Anfield to follow last Saturday’s 1-0 result but a home pairing with the Hammers in the third round on the weekend of January 7-8 gives the second-placed Owls a chance to test themselves against a top-two side from the division where they hope to be next season. Lowe sees the league as the priority and the cup as a bonus when it can help to broaden the club’s progress.

“I’ve had a good cup run: we beat Everton 2-1 at Shrewsbury and though we lost to Chelsea [4-0] we had a good run for our money,” said the 33-year-old.

“Our main focus is on League One and on staying up there and pushing on for promotion.”

As someone who came up through non-league football, the 10-goal forward also relishes testing himself against high-grade players: “Realistically, we’re not going to win the cup, but as a a player you want to play in the big games.

“I’m never going to play in the Premier League so it would be nice to play against some Premier League teams.

“I’ve played against Premier League teams in the FA Cup and had some success.When you can test yourself as high as you possible can get against some quality international players, it’s always an incentive. Sheffield Wednesday are a big club, probably bigger than some Premier League clubs.

“We want to go as far as possible and if that pushes us on to the fourth, fifth or sixth round then we’ll be more than happy.”

West Ham were in the top flight last season and are second in the Championship despite losing 2-1 at home to Burnley on Saturday.

Lowe’s goal was his first at Hillsborough, his third for the Owls, and came after he hit seven this season for Bury.

“It’s nice to get my 10 for the season now,” he said. “It’s good to have got off the mark at Hillsborough, in front of the fans; they have been great to me.”