Burnley 0-1 Lincoln: Imps embarrass Clarets
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 18, 2017,
Feb 18, 2017, 22:17
Jon Flanagan was part of the Burnley side that were knocked out of the FA Cup by Lincoln on Saturday - and Liverpool fans were disappointed with his display.
A series of corners ended with Sean Raggett's back-post header just crossing the line to spark ecstatic scenes among the Lincoln players and their delirious fans.
"I had a conversation with John Henry, the first-team coach at Blackburn, and he kindly agreed to help", said Cowley, whose side have beaten Oldham, Ipswich and Brighton on their way to the last 16.
If the National League leaders win, they would become the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals in the competition's history.
Lincoln City's Sean Raggett, top, scores against Burnley during the English FA Cup, fifth round soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017.
Lincoln have lost just once in the 10 games they've played in 2017 and will see a Premier League giant-killing as the next step in the FA Cup romance story.
"We were underdogs last week against a fine Chelsea side and delivered a very good performance".
Millwall booked their place in the last eight with a 1-nil win over defending Premier League champions Leicester City who who must now rely on an even-more-unlikely Champions League triumph to salvage anything from their hapless title defence.
Cowley's assistant and brother Nicky conceded the brief moment between Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton pushing Raggett's header away from behind the line and referee Graham Scott signalling the goal seemed to last an age from his vantage point on the touchline.
Lincoln City and Sutton United represented two of those nine going into the weekend.
Raggett, a former Rainham Mark pupil, said: "It has been insane".
"He's got a good manner about him and he's good around the group", he said.
There were more than 3,000 at Turf Moor with thousands watching back in Lincoln, including at Sincil Bank where a big screen television was installed to show the fifth round tie. Their last-gasp victor, a header from Sean Raggett, sealed victory over Burley of the Premier League and put them one win away from a date at Wembley.
"But you have to go and make it happen". There's players here who've had to earn the right to be where they are.