Minnows Lincoln stun Burnley in FA Cup
Non-league side score one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition as they edge Premier League club 1-0 in last-16 encounter
Sean Raggett scored an 89th-minute winner as non-league Lincoln City stunned Burnley 1-0 on Saturday to claim one of the biggest upsets in the history of the FA Cup.
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.
Lincoln are the first non-league team to reach the FA Cup’s last eight since Queens Park Rangers in 1914.
They are the eighth side from below England’s four fully professional divisions to have beaten top-flight opposition since World War II and only the second to have done so since 1989.
Burnley drew 1-1 at home to runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea last weekend and have beaten Liverpool and champions Leicester City on home turf this season.
Goalscorer Raggett said: “I’m lost for words, it’s mad, I can’t believe it,” he told BT Sport. “The fans were amazing, all through the game. They’re a top quality side, drew with Chelsea last week, it’s amazing. “Belief? Massively, we didn’t come to draw, we came to win the game.
“Crazy, a non-league side in the quarter-finals in modern football, it’s unheard of.”
Lincoln join Hereford United, who toppled Newcastle United in 1972, and Sutton United, conquerors of Coventry City in 1989, among the ranks of the FA Cup’s non-league giant-killers.
Sutton, also of the fifth-tier National League, will hope to pull off another upset when they host Arsenal on Monday.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche made six changes to his starting XI and was quickly made aware that his side were in for a scrap as Lincoln’s Nathan Arnold squared for Jack Muldoon to sweep a first-time shot over the bar.
There was an early setback for Burnley when Johann Berg Gudmundsson was forced off in the 20th minute after a foul by Alan Power, with George Boyd coming on.
Burnley were unable to convert the handful of chances they created, with Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman saving from Andre Gray and Joey Barton, while Scott Arfield and Gray shot off-target.
Burnley’s frustrations manifested themselves in some antagonistic behaviour by renowned brawler Barton during the second half.
He escaped censure for stamping on Matt Rhead’s foot and then pretending to have been struck by the Lincoln striker and was later booked for slapping Terry Hawkridge.
With a replay beckoning, a deep corner from the right was headed back across goal by Lincoln captain Luke Waterfall and Raggett met it with a header that Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton could not keep out.