Leicester City 2 Burton Albion 0: 'FA Cup run can help promotion push'
A good run in the FA Cup will not harm Leicester City's promotion push, assistant manager Craig Shakespeare believes.
City were handed a fourth-round trip to Huddersfield later this month after a 2-0 victory over Burton Albion at the King Power Stadium.
Shakespeare insisted a cup run would not act as a distraction and said last season's efforts in reaching the quarter-finals helped their league campaign.
"Make no bones about it, the league is our priority," he said. "I know that modern players can play two games a week. But we saw the benefit of a good cup run last year and the FA Cup is special and players realise that.
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"There's nothing wrong with a good cup run. We haven't thought about getting through the rounds at this stage, we'll just see what happens."
City were determined not to suffer the same fate as they did in the Capital One Cup when the Brewers pulled off a shock victory at the King Power Stadium in August.
This time City never looked in any danger after Chris Wood had fired them in front after just three minutes, although Shakespeare said it had not been an easy passage.
"I wouldn't say there weren't any scares because 2-0 is always a dodgy scoreline," he said.
"The first goal was important for us, getting it early to settle us down. I think then you can say the boys were very professional and went about their jobs in the right way.
"We kept good habits and restricted Burton to very few opportunities. We knew what they were capable of because they knocked us out of the Capital One Cup.
"We knew it was going to be a tricky tie, but we're grateful and pleased to be through to the next round, and keeping a clean sheet was good as well.
"We only made three changes because we wanted to keep our momentum going. But we also knew there were some lads that needed and wanted a bit of game time, which we were able to give them."