Late victor puts non-League Lincoln into the FA Cup quarter finals

They became the first non-league side to reach the last eight in 103 years, but Barton's conduct attracted plenty of criticism. Burnley had beaten Juergen Klopp's Liverpool and Claudio Ranieri's champions Leicester City at home this season and despite manager Sean Dyche making six changes they still fielded a side packed with top-flight experience including Joey Barton.

The last non-league team to reach the last eight was Queens Park Rangers in 1914.

Lincoln, playing in round five for the first time since 1902, created a gilt-edged chance to take the lead inside five minutes.

By contrast, Lincoln's manager, Danny Cowley, and his assistant, Nicky, only quit their jobs as PE teachers a year ago, having guided Braintree Town to the National League playoffs as a... Tom Heaton clawed at it, but the ball was over the line, and Lincoln City, tiny Lincoln City, are in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

This was similar to how Lincoln's top scorer for this season played alongside FA cup hero Theo Robinson who left to join League 1 Southend on transfer deadline day.

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This team has taken down second-division Brighton and a Premier League club all in one cup run.

Burnley was another proposition entirely.

Lincoln, though, rose to the challenge. They did it against Burnley, maybe they can do it again. Nathan Arnold, a winger who has worked as a hairdresser in his spare time, was a constant threat down the right with his pace.

When a Sam Habergham corner was headed back across goal by Luke Waterfall, Raggett nodded in at the back post. To add to the drama there was doubt over whether the ball had crossed the line, before the referee awarded the goal to spark celebrations in the 3,000-strong Lincoln contingent. I think he went down to the floor a bit easily. "We are realists. I will never ask the players to do something they're not capable of".

Lincoln are the National League leaders but there are 81 places between them and Burnley in the football pyramid.

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"Impvasion" - a reference to Lincoln's nickname of The Imps - briefly trended on Twitter.

Lincoln did show the Clarets opportunities from mistakes but the opposition failed to make the majority and that would come back to haunt them. There will be much more cash coming its way after the quarterfinals, the draw for which is made on Sunday.

The Premier League "bad boy", who is known more for his controversies than his talent, had a rough outing on Saturday, even for him. "It is a game changer for the football club in terms of the finance". And football at the lower levels is not that romantic and it can be tough at times.

"They deserve this moment and I'm so pleased for them".

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