Saturday, 18 February 2017
Lincoln City stun Burnley to make FA Cup history
Lincoln City defeated Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor Saturday to become the first non-league side since 1912 to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The Imps scored the only goal of the game in the final minute of normal time through Sean Raggett to create cup history, while at the same time becoming just the fourth team in 30 to leave the ground with victory.
A strong Burnley side struggled to break down their opponents across the 90 minutes, setting up a dramatic conclusion in Lancashire as the National League side produced one of the all-time great results in the competition’s history.
City started well and had a decent chance to open the scoring just a few minutes in after Jack Muldoon got on the end of a Nathan Arnold pass but blasted over the bar.
That would prove to be the visitors’ cleanest sight of goal in a tight first half, with Burnley edging things through a scuffed Andre Gray shot down the middle and Joey Barton’s edge-of-the-box volley for Paul Farman to again easily keep out.
Burnley named a strong side for this match in the hope of keeping their own cup dream alive, making just a few changes from the draw against Chelsea here a few days ago, but they were struggling to create any clear-cut openings.
Burnley, whose wait to progress beyond this stage now stands at 14 years, initially looked to up the tempo and get at the National League leaders, with Gray diverting Barton’s cross wide with a first-time finish early on.