Lincoln's Cowley masterminds seismic Cup shock at Burnley

Brittany BishopFeb 19, 2017

It has been reported that Rhead nearly left Lincoln in the summer, with Barrow interested in securing his signature, but the appointment of brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley as the new managerial team at the Imps convinced him to stay.

Raggett scored the dramatic victor with an 89th-minute header that Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton could only push away once it had crossed the line, sending the travelling Imps fans into delirium.

The last non-league side to make it this far in any year was Queens Park Rangers in 1914.

The Lincoln City goalscorer had been dreaming of this certain moment for years when he tweeted in 2012 about Joey Barton.

Eighty-one places below Burnley in the English football pyramid, fifth-tier Lincoln prevailed when defender Raggett squeezed a header over the line following a late corner at Turf Moor. Rhead extends his arm to point to something, and Barton scurries over to his arm and crouches down, pretending he'd been elbowed in the face. Barton, so often and so easily reduced to white-hot anger when targeted, was lucky to avoid a red card from referee Graham Scott for an elbow on Alan Power in the second half, as the frustration got too much. Target man Matt Rhead dropped deeper into the midfield to play a supportive role in getting the ball to the running Muldoon.

However he denied the claims, pointing to an earlier incident when Lincoln's Terry Hawkridge went to ground easily.

There is some dramatic irony at play, with Lincoln's scheduled National League fixture postponed because of the clash with the cup fixture. Gray steers the chance wide at the near post from Barton's free-kick from the left flank. Waterfall headed across goal towards Raggett and his defensive partner steered the ball just over the line before Heaton could claw it to safety. Lincoln are on the verge of the quarter-finals! The 5th division side were simply better than Burnley.

Lincoln City's Danny Cowley triumphed where more celebrated managers have failed this season by masterminding his minor league battlers to a stunning 1-0 FA Cup victory at Burnley's Turf Moor fortress on Saturday.

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