Lincoln boss Danny Cowley says Emirates FA Cup tie at Burnley is the 'toughest draw'

The non-League side face Premier League opposition as they prepare to play for an Emirates FA Cup quarter final spot

Thursday 16 Feb 2017
Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley takes his team to Burnley's Turf Moor on Saturday

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.

The National League leaders have already knocked out two opponents from the Championship in Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town and League One Oldham Athletic in the cup this season.

Burnley v Lincoln City
  • The Emirates FA Cup
  • Fifth Round Proper
  • 12.30pm, Saturday 18 February 2017
  • Turf Moor, Burnley FC
  • Live on BT Sport

But, as they head to Turf Moor, where Burnley have an enviable record this season, Cowley knows they will need to be at their best and then some.

"I honestly believe it's the toughest draw we could have been given and I take into account that we could have ended up going to Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, teams like those,” he admitted ahead of the trip to Lancashire.

"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."

Cowley was at Turf Moor last weekend to witness Burnley’s draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea, as he looks to plot a result against Sean Dyche’s side.

And he left the game under no illusions as to how hard it’s going to be to for the Imps, who are set to be backed by well over 3000 travelling fans at the first tie of the weekend.

"We watched Burnley against Chelsea and what a performance they put in,” added the former Braintree and Concord Rangers boss.

"They were so disciplined, so organised, at home they are one of the best in the league to be honest.

"I can't speak highly enough of Sean Dyche.

"For me, along with Eddie Howe, he is the best English manager out there at the moment.

"He is single-minded and forthright in his views. He is the sort of manager that I think players would love to play for, you can see that in the way his players would run through brick walls for him.

"We know what is ahead of us but we are enjoying the challenge of going up against Burnley."

By Nicholas Veevers