Lincoln City achieved a “football miracle” as they knocked out Burnley on a dramatic day of FA Cup fifth-round action.

The Imps became the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the last eight with their win over the Clarets.

“Football at our level is not romantic and this moment in the limelight is special,” Imps boss Danny Cowley said.

“It was a one in 100 chance and thankfully we got that opportunity.”

It is the first time in Lincoln’s 133-year history that they have reached the quarter-finals.

“It’s a football miracle for a non-league team to be in the last eight. The boys were excellent, playing against a Premier League team,” Cowley said after the 1-0 win.

“The last eight of the FA Cup sounds pretty good. We work hard and we are mightily proud of the players.”

Cowley appeared as a guest on Match of the Day on Saturday night and said: “It is a great day for us and the football club. I am immensely proud of the players and they probably do not understand what they have achieved.

“We are in North Ferriby on Tuesday night. It becomes a harder game on the back on this win. It will be good to go back to proper football.”

Cowley’s assistant manager, his brother Nicky, was also on the show and said: “It has not sunk in. I definitely think the magic of the cup is still alive where we live. If it’s a football miracle, then we will take that.”


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