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Lincoln City (0) 1 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Emirates FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 2016-17

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)

Manager: Danny Cowley

Sincil Bank 20:05

Attendance: 9054 (Town 1094)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3689

Goals

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 Nathan Arnold (90)
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Substitutions

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Theo RobinsonAdam Marriott (80)
Nathan ArnoldJack Muldoon (90)
Terry HawkridgeJamie McCombe (90)

Cards

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 Matt Rhead (49)
 Bradley Wood (90)
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 Jonathan Douglas (64)

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Paul Farman

Bradley Wood

Luke Waterfall

Sean Raggett

Sam Habergham

Terry Hawkridge

Alex Woodyard

Alan Power

Nathan Arnold

Theo Robinson

Matt Rhead

Substitutes

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Jack Muldoon

Adam Marriott

Sean Long

Taylor Miles

Jimmy Walker

Jamie McCombe

Jack Weatherell

Match Report

Nathan Arnold honours Graham Taylor with late giantkilling act

In the week football honoured the passing of their most famous manager, Lincoln City saluted the memory of Graham Taylor by reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since he took them there in 1976 with a stoppage-time goal at a packed Sincil Bank.

The National League outfit had been the better side for much of the game, making nonsense of the 59 places between them and Mick McCarthy's side, and only in the closing stages did it look as though their legs might let them down.

Then, with Ipswich pressing, substitute Adam Marriott launched a break that suddenly put Nathan Arnold clear and the former Grimsby Town winger took the ball calmly round goalkeeper Dean Gerken and rolled it into the net.

It was a wonderful moment, a piece a real FA Cup magic at a time when the commodity has been in short supply. It was deserved, too, earning the Imps a fourth-round home tie against another Championship side, Brighton.

Lincoln had been denied victory at Portman Road only by an equaliser four minutes from time and created the larger number of chances in the replay. The Imps lead their division by two points with games in hand and and manager Danny Cowley has made it clear that promotion to the Football League after a five-year exile is his priority.

Indeed, at the start of their FA Cup campaign, when they needed two attempts to qualify for the first round proper, he had admitted he would prefer all ties to be decided on the day. But this experience, played out in front of the biggest crowd at Sincil Bank since 1999, caused him to revise that opinion.

"We have tried to do away with replays in the FA Trophy but I have to say at this moment I'm pretty pleased we still have them in the FA Cup," he said. "I'm massively proud of the team. This has been about working relentlessly since last June and it is lovely to see people get their reward.

"Football at the top nowadays is engulfed by money but for me football is about emotion and what it does to people. When we were walking round at the end you could see it in people's faces what it means to them and that's what inspires you to keep working hard. It was a good time to score, of course. But what brilliant fitness from Nathan Arnold to find that energy after working so hard for 90 minutes and have the coolness to round the keeper. Over the two games we deserved it."

McCarthy, under pressure to conjure a good second half to the season from his inconsistent team, said: "It is embarrassing. We should not be getting beat by a National League side, even one that's top of the league. It would be embarrassing even in front of the 9,000 people here, let alone however many millions were watching on TV.

"But anything I could say about our performance would be detrimental to them, because they played very well. We were not as good as them on the night."

Ipswich's in-form Tom Lawrence tested Lincoln keeper Paul Farman early on but otherwise the threats occurred mainly at the other end. Theo Robinson, whose two goals at Portman Road earned last night's replay, was always a threat and was denied only by a brave block by Paul Digby. Right on half-time, only Gerken's reactions thwarted Luke Waterfall and the Ipswich keeper made another good save in the second half to keep out a Terry Hawkridge shot.

Cowley thus follows in the footsteps of Taylor, whose team beat Blackburn before losing to West Bromwich Albion in round four in 1976. "We didn't speak about Graham tonight because I wanted to keep the emotion out of it for the players as much as possible, but we talked about him and what he did in the build-up to the game because I felt it was important to remember him and I'm immensely proud of what we have done," he said.

Jon Culley (The Telegraph)

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