Michael Appleton pleased with FA Cup distraction

New Blackburn boss Michael Appleton on the touchline during the game with Charlton on January 19, 2013
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Michael Appleton hopes that the FA Cup will provide a welcome break from disappointing league form for Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton has admitted that he is looking forward to Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall as it is a distraction from the Championship campaign.

Rovers have just two points from their last 18 in the league and Appleton said that the chance of a Wembley semi-final should motivate his players back to form.

"I think this is an opportunity to put the league to bed for a few days," he told the club's official website. "We've got a great opportunity to go and play at Wembley, it has been a while since the football club did that.

"So I'm sure the players will grasp that, they've got an opportunity to do something special.

"It is a quarter-final cup tie, two Championship teams going head-to-head knowing that the likelihood is that the winners will play one of the big boys at a magnificent stadium."

Blackburn have slipped to 13th in recent weeks.

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