Raggett puts non-league heroes in FA Cup dreamland

Lincoln City became the first non-League side to reach the quarterfinal of the FA Cup since 1914 as Sean Raggett's 89th-minute sunk Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

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Sean Raggett heads Lincoln City's winner against Burnley

Lincoln City became the first non-League side to reach the quarterfinal of the FA Cup since 1914 as Sean Raggett's 89th-minute sunk Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.

Andre Gray passed up the Premier League side's best opportunity shortly after half-time but Sean Dyche's men were forced to endure a sustained spell on the back foot during the second period against the National League leaders.

They appeared to have weathered the storm as Ashley Westwood, Michael Keane and Scott Arfield all spurned presentable opportunities inside the final 10 minutes but 23-year-old centre-back Raggett, who was also on target in a more low-key round-one win over Altrincham in November, provided a magical sting in the tail in front of 3,000 disbelieving travelling supporters.

Lincoln should have taken a fifth-minute lead when Nathan Arnold – its matchwinner in round three against Ipswich Town – made the most of a haphazard Burnley offside trap to play in Jack Muldoon to sky wastefully over.

Burnley lost Johann Berg Gudmundsson to injury after a poor tackle from Alan Power but were in the ascendancy as the interval approached, with Arfield clattering beyond the crossbar following fine hold-up play from James Tarkowski.

Gray found room at the near post to meet Joey Barton's 52nd-minute free-kick from the left but badly miscued his volley.

Barton's more regrettable tendencies then came to the fore - catching Power with an elbow, throwing himself to the floor under minimal provocation from Matt Rhead and capping an absurd passage of individual play with a booking after an altercation with Terry Hawkridge.

Lincoln could not turn its pressure into clear chances at that stage and were grateful to see goalkeeper Paul Farman thwart Westwood in a goalmouth scramble before Keane headed a corner off target at the back post and Arfield failed to reward fine work by Gray with a wayward slice.

They were misses that would haunt Burnley, much its their defending on the winner will deeply trouble Dyche.

Luke Waterfall was left completely unmarked to nod a corner back across goal and, although Tom Heaton pushed Raggett's header away, he was behind the line when he did so.

Heaton found himself up in the Lincoln area after opposite number Farman brilliantly saved from Gray but Danny and Nicky Cowley's Lincoln heroes would not be denied.

Key Opta Facts:

- Lincoln City is just the second non-league side to knock out Premier League opposition, after Luton Town (v Norwich City in January 2013).
- The Imps are only the third non-league team to keep a clean sheet on an away Premier League ground, following Exeter City at Old Trafford against Manchester United in January 2005 and Luton Town at Carrow Road against Norwich City in January 2013.
- In fact, the last two occasions a non-league team has beaten a Premier League team, Andre Gray was involved, for Luton in its win versus Norwich in January 2013 and for Burnley in its defeat against Lincoln in this match.
- Lincoln kept their first ever away clean sheet against top-flight opposition at their 27th attempt in a domestic cup match.
- Raggett's 89th minute winning goal for Lincoln was their only shot on target in the game.
- Burnley lost just their fourth home game of the season, losing out also to Swansea City, Arsenal and Manchester City in the Premier League.

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