Danny Cowley has paid tribute to his Lincoln City side after their record-breaking run to the FA Cup Quarter Final was ended by Premier League giants Arsenal.
The Imps looked set to take the Gunners into half time with the deadlock unbroken but a goal in first half injury time from England winger Theo Walcott put Arsene Wenger’s side ahead.
Boosted by their lead the Gunners turned the class and pressure up in the second half.
Goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Imps defender Luke Waterfall gave them a big win over the Vanarama National League leaders.
The defeat brings an end to a remarkable FA Cup run for the Imps.
Wins over SkyBet Championship sides Ipswich Town and Brighton and Hove Albion set them up with a visit to Premier League club Burnley in the Fifth Round.
And captain Sean Raggett’s late header at Turf Moor meant that Cowley’s side would take a place in the FA Cup’s history books.
After their defeat at the Emirates Stadium the Imps boss admitted that the Gunners were “frightening” but hopes that everyone connected with the club would be proud of the FA Cup.
He said “I thought we did really well for the first 45 minutes. It is very hard to get negative against them because they have such world-class players. At 45 minutes I thought we had limited them in chances and we were hoping to get in 0-0 but they got the goal.
“Arsenal were frightening in the second half and for us it was a pleasure to see world-class players first hand. It felt like Arsene Wenger had brought 15 players on. If we can learn from this experience today and throughout this FA Cup journey we will be better players and better people.
“The best [in this run] was at the end, sharing a moment with our supporters. Our supporters were world class. They were brilliant. We are winners and don’t like losing but when we can draw breath we will be proud.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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