By Burnley FC
February 18 2017
Burnley 0 Lincoln City 1 - Burnley were the victims of a remarkable giant-killing as non-league Lincoln scored a dramatic late winner to go through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The Clarets had been unbeaten in their last six Premier League games at Turf Moor and knocked out Sunderland and Bristol City here to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2011.
But Lincoln stood up heroically to the challenge to put a dent in that proud home record and become the first non-league side to reach the quarter-finals in the Cup’s current format thanks to an 89th-minute header from defender Sean Raggett.
The Imps therefore joined Wimbledon from the ranks of non-league football to knock Burnley out as they repeated the Dons’ upset of 1975 to take their place in the competition’s history and leave Burnley to rue a badly-missed opportunity.
Lincoln had already beaten three League sides – Oldham, Ipswich and Brighton – to reach this stage for the first time since 1902. And with 15 wins from their previous 18 games in all competitions, the National League leaders had every reason to approach one of the biggest days in their history with confidence. That was reflected in a positive start which brought the Imps, backed by a sell-out away crowd of 3,200, the first chance of the tie.
Collecting a headed clearance, Nathan Arnold turned inside Jon Flanagan but rather than shoot tried to pick out former Rochdale forward Jack Muldoon, who lifted his effort over the bar under pressure from Michael Keane.
The visitors, as well organised and competitive as expected under highly-rated young manager Danny Cowley, made it difficult for Burnley to get a grip on a scruffy contest littered with fouls throughout a tight first half.
The Clarets, who lost the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson after 20 minutes, created the better chances but none of them were straight-forward, the best falling to Andre Gray following a flick-on from Scott Arfield.
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