Joey Barton denies play-acting in Burnley´s FA Cup shock defeat to Lincoln


They may be rivals, but Grimbarians have been humbly congratulating Lincoln City on becoming the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in more than a century.

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

"It's a football miracle for a non-league team to be in the last eight".

The away supporters at Turf Moor, a noisy bunch of more than 3,000, did not want to leave the stand behind the goal after the game and it is no surprise. However it was often hard to tell the difference between the millionaire footballers and the part-timers players, particularly when Joey Barton got involved in some embarrassing scenes of simulation and handbags. They played for each other, they played for their families and they're rightly sitting on that coach now feeling as proud as punch.

Coventry had won the FA Cup 19 months previously and were riding high in the old First Division ahead of their trip to non-league Sutton, who were managed by English teacher Barrie Williams.

Lincoln frustrated Burnley throughout the game, with striker Matt Rhead and Barton often outmuscling one another as tensions grew in the final minutes. Our players, I thought, were outstanding.

It's the first time the Imps have made it to the last 16 of football's oldest competition since 1902. Referee Graham Scott proceeded to award Burnley a free-kick for obstruction, which the Lincoln players appeared to disagree with.

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"It was a amusing old game, and awkward day with the weather, but they did enough to win", said Dyche.

"[Burnley] are a top quality side, they even drew here with Chelsea last week".

"It is a fantastic day", Cowley told BT Sport.

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. "It's been four-and-a-half years and I've loved every minute".

Just look at the scenes at the final whistle. "I'm lost for words".

"My team were nowhere near the level they can show".