NATIONAL League leaders Lincoln City are aiming to keep the impossible dream alive when they travel to Turf Moor for tomorrow’s lunchtime FA Cup clash.
The former Football League club, expected to restore their former status, have already exceeded all expectations in the world’s greatest domestic cup competition.
If the Imps can see off Burnley, having reached the last 16 for the first time in 130 years, they will become the first non league side to reach the last eight since 1914.
The odds are stacked against them given the gap in status and the fact Burnley have only lost three of their last 29 games at Turf Moor.
But the beauty of the FA Cup is that anything can happen on the day. Which is why Sean Dyche has impressed on his players not to take Lincoln lightly.
Having beaten Ipswich and Brighton in the last two rounds, Lincoln have proved they can compete with top sides. A well-drilled Burnley will be a different proposition though.
Lincoln’s realistic boss Danny Cowley admits that his side have a one in a hundred chance of beating the Clarets. But lives in hope that this is the one!
Quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38940052 – Cowley called on his players to show courage and embrace the occasion.
He said: “It’s a tough test for us, they are an outstanding team at home and it will be a monumental task for us to get a win.
“It’s a one in one hundred chance of winning because we have to match them technically and tactically. But we have to go there believing we can and will be that one game in one hundred.
“We’re going to be brave, we’re going to fight and give it one hell of a go. If we do all of those things, we might give ourselves that chance.
“We’ve achieved the impossible to get here, we’ve just got to go and do it again.”
Burnley boss Dyche is taking nothing for granted and is sure to field a strong side, and he added: “You have to be mentally prepared for the fact there’s 11 out there trying to beat you and not take it for granted because they’re that many places below you.
“There’s not a divine right to win football matches, you have to earn everything you get.”
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