'Humble' Burnley will respect Imps in FA Cup tie - Dyche

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley believes they were given the "toughest draw" when they were paired with Burnley for Saturday's Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie.

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"We pride ourselves on being an inclusive club and thought what better opportunity to celebrate Burnley FC's oldest fans than by getting them involved in such an exciting occasion".

Sean Dyche's men held champions-elect Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last weekend and only Manchester City, Arsenal and Swansea have won in Lancashire this season. Dyche got Burnley promoted last season and another top flight campaign looks assured with the Clarets now 12th in the table and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

But Lincoln - who have already beaten Championship Ipswich and Brighton - are leaders of the National League will fancy their chances even if Burnley do put out a full-strength side.

My squad now is rounded enough so that they're all capable.

The Imps faithful will be hoping top scorer Matt Rhead and wide man Nathan Arnold - who scored a last minute victor against Ipswich Town on that emotional replay night at Sincil Bank following former manager Graham Taylor's passing - can carry on where Robinson left off.

Pope was a summer addition from Charlton Athletic but the 24-year-old has been restricted to cup action only so far for Dyche's side. While this game is undoubtedly huge for Lincoln, they may still have one eye on securing league football for next season and all those extra minutes may be felt in the legs as this game goes on against one of the Premier League's most hardworking sides.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Lincoln in all competitions (W4 D3).

Burnley haven't progressed to the sixth round since 2002-03, losing at the fifth round stage four times since.

Lincoln will be without FA Cup hero Theo Robinson who made a deadline day move to Southend United, and the responsibility for goals will fall onto burly striker Matt Rhead, and new loan signing Dayle Southwell.

Burnley have lost just three of their last 29 competitive home matches (W20 D6 L3).

The last Lincoln game he was in charge of was their 3-2 win over Walsall in this competition in 2012.

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