The Giant Killers

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 GIANT KILLERS

 

2017

2016.

 Millwall 3-0 Bournemouth

 Third round: Saturday, January 7th 2017

Attendance: 9,471

Scorers: Steve Morison {26}, Shaun Cummings {49}, Shane Ferguson {90+3}

Ranked at the time: 114

See Millwall vs Watford below

Millwall: 1: Jordan Archer, 17: Byron Webster, 2: Shaun Cummings, 4: Shaun Hutchinson, 5: Tony Craig, 10: Fred Onydinma {Replaced by 7: David Worrell-75}, 8: Ben Thompson, 6: Shaun Williams, 22: Aidan O'Brien {Replaced by 18: Shane Ferguson-54}, 9: Lee Gregory {Replaced by 16: Calum Butcher-84}, 20: Steve Morison. {Manager: Neil Harris}

Bournemouth: 23: Adam Federici, 47: Jordan Lee {Replaced by 14: Callum Wilson-45}, 20: Marc Wilson, 26: Tyrone Mings, 14: Brad Smith {Replaced by 3: Steve Cook-74}, 6: Andrew Surman, 22: Emerson Hyndman {Replaced by 4: Dan Gosling-56}, 7: Marc Pugh, 33: Jordan Ibe, 28: Lewis Grabban, 31: Lys Mousset. {Manager: Eddie Howe}

 

Stoke City 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

 Third round: Saturday, January 7th 2017

Attendance: 21,479

Scorers: Hector Costa {29}, Matt Doherty {80}

Ranked at the time: 419

See Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers {below}

 Stoke: 33: Lee Grant. 8: Glen Johnson, 17: Ryan Shawcross, 15: Bruno Martins-Indi, 3: Erik Pieters, 14: Ibrahim Afellay, 21: Gianelli Imbula {Replaced by 45: Charlie Adam-45}, 22: Xherdan Shiqiri {Replced by 45:Julien Ngoy-72}, 27: Bojan Krkic {Replaced by 4:Joe Allen-45}, 10: Marko Arnautovis, 25: Peter Crouch. {Manager: Mark Hughes}

Wolves: 1: Carl Ikerne, 18: Dominic Iorfa {Replaced by 9:Nouha Dicko-77}, 30: Kortney Hause, 60: Mike Williamson, 2: Matt Doherty, 8: George Saville, 14: Lee Evans, 17: Helder Costa, 26: Bright Enobarkhare {Replaced by 4:David Edwards-71}, 10: Joe Mason, 22: Jon dadi Bodvarsson. {Manager: Paul Lambert}

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Derby County

 Third round: Saturday, January 7th 2017

Attendance: 25,288

Scorers: {Albion} Matt Phillips {35}: {Derby} Darren Bent {51}, Tom Ince {54}

Ranked at the time: 523

Derby's win at West Brom may not have sent shock waves around the world but it put the seal on a humdinger of a cup tie where the Championship side accepted their share of required luck to leave the Hawthorns with a cupset that their hosts didn't truly deserve to be on the wrong end of. West Brom were enjoying a good season by recent standards and dominated for long periods but couldn't take their chances, being suitably punished when the visitors enjoyed a good spell at the start of the second half. 

West Brom: 1: Boaz Myhill, 25: Craig Dawson, 23: Gareth McAuley, 3: Jonas Olsson {Replaced by 22: Nacer Chadli-78}, 20: Brendan Galloway {Replaced by 4: Hal Robson-Kanu-68}, 5: Claudio Yacob, 24: Darren Fletcher, 10: Matt Phillips, 7: James Morrison, 14: James McLean, 9: Salomon Rondon. {Manager: Tony Pullis}

Derby: 1: Scott Carson, 12: Chris Baird, 6: Richard Keogh, 5: Jason Shakell, 26: Jamie Hanson, 17: Julian De Sart, 4: Craig Bryson, 15: Bradley Johnson, 10: Tom Ince, 11: Darren Bent, 20: Abdoul Camara. {Manager: Steve McLaren} 

Lincoln City 1-0 Ipswich Town 

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017

Attendance: 9,054

Scorer: Nathan Arnold {90 +1}

Ranked at the time: 140

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Follow Burnley vs Lincoln City link for the full story of their 2017 cup run

  

Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

 Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Ipswich: 1: Dean Gerken, 14: Paul Digby, 4: Luke Chambers, 6: Christophe Berra, 29: Josh Emmanuel, 18: Grant Ward {Replaced by 23: Andre Dozzell 75}, 22: Jonathan Douglas, 8: Cole Skuse, 3: Jonas Knudsen, 9: Leon Best {Replaced by 20: Freddie Sears 75}, 27: Tom Lawrence. {Manager: Mick McCarthy} 

Liverpool 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Saturday January 28th 2017

Attendance: 52,469

Scorers: {Liverpool} Divock Origi {86}, {Wolves} Richard Stearman {1}, Andreas Weimann {41}

Ranked at the time: 160

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Stoke reached the cup final for the only time in their history in 2011. That was also the last time Wolves managed to win a cup tie in any round. Two relegations, a promotion and three managers later, there was little sign they would break that long losing streak at the Britannia against a Stoke side tinkered with only slightly for the cup tie. Unfortunately for the home fans, their team quite simply didn't make their clear superiority on the day count as Carl Ikerne put in a superb performance in goal during a twenty minute spell of the second half where the Premier League side looked sure to find their equaliser. Wolves weathered the storm and sealed Stoke's fate ten minutes from time for their first cup exit in the third round for eight years. And to think it was Wolves and not Stoke who rang the changes to keep on eye on the League.

The manager, Paul Lambert, had only been in charge of the relegation haunted Wolves since November and a trip to Anfield to face an in form Liverpool seemed like the most unlikely place to produce another cupset. The Reds were unbeaten on their own patch for almost a year and started 2017 in scintillating form. Despite having no European competition to concern them, Liverpool faced a daunting month of intense Football, not helped by having to travel to Plymouth for a third round replay after a shot shy display by the younger members of the squad as Jurgen Klopp desperately tried to keep his players fresh for the schedule.

A week before the cup tie, Liverpool's superb home record was broken by a Swansea side rooted to the foot of the Premier League. A result that dealt a hammer blow to the Reds' title hopes. Four days later Klopp's men were unable to overturn a first leg League cup semi final deficit against Southampton as they slipped to consecutive home defeats.  

Both sides rang the changes to utilise their squads for different reasons. Klopp made nine changes fro the side that missed out on a trip to Wembley three days earlier. Considering the hectic schedule Klopp's team were playing though, there were few sceptical voices at the inclusion of the four inexperienced youngsters, Randall, Gomez, Elajaria and Woodburn with less than a dozen first team appearances between them. The seven men around them more then supplied enough experience to fill the gap. For Lambert it was more of a case of still searching around for his best team as just four of the side that lost the previous week at Norwich would start. Six of the men who dismissed Stoke would not start at Anfield, though keeper, Ikerne was an enforced absence through suspension. The youngster, Harry Burgoyne stepped out onto the field expecting to be the busiest man on a ground where his team had won just twice since 1950.

It was his opposite number, Karius who was left hopelessly exposed within a minute of the kick off as a free kick was met at the far post by an unmarked Richard Stearman who head back across goal into the net. Despite dominating possession, Liverpool never created anything that looked like forcing an equaliser and, if anything, the confidence of the early goal saw Wolves grow in confidence and in the Benfica loanee, Helder Costa, they had a man who was able to torment the Liverpool rearguard. Costa almost created a goal of the season contender as he raced through the Liverpool middle with only a last ditch challenge preventing a second goal. Liverpool didn't heed the warning and from their own corner they were hit with a classic counter attack, finished expertly by Andy Weimann as a lacklustre Liverpool defence and stunned Kop crowd watched on.

The introduction of Phillipe Coutinho at half time was hardly surprising as Klopp unleashed him as the first of his three big guns to turn the game and while the experienced Brazilian added a bit of guile to Liverpool's game they continued to toil as they attacked their favoured end of the ground. Confident Wolves almost found themselves three up before Klopp introduced first Sturridge and then Can to give his team that vital but of additional experience but time was very much against the home side when Origi finally offered them a lifeline. The goal sucked the energy out of the Wolves players and for the only time of the afternoon they experienced nervy moments as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser. Origi almost found it in the dying moments when steering the ball goalwards from close range to be denied by Burgoyne.

For Liverpool came the continuation of a miserable period of one win in nine games and a remarkable three straight home defeats while Wolves marched on to round five and the position of being an opponent nobody would wan to be paired with.     

 Liverpool: 1:Loris Karius, 56:Connor Randall {Replaced by 10:Phillipe Coutinho 45}, 12:Joe Gomez, 17:Ragnar Klavan, 18:Alberto Moreno, 53:Ovie Ejaria {Replaced by 23:Emri Can 74}, 23:Lucas Leiva, 5:Georginio Wijnaldum, 38:Ben Woodburn, 27:Divock Origi, 11:Roberto Firmino {Replaced by 15:Daniel Sturridge 65} {Manager: Jurgen Klopp}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Wolverhampton: 31: Harry Burgoyne, 16:Conor Coady, 5:Richard Stearman, 30:Kortney Hause, 2:Matt Doherty, 14:Lee Evans, 8:George Saville, 17:Helder Costa {replaced by 43:Connor Ronan 67}, 4:David Edwards, 63:Andreas Weimann {Replaced by 10:Joe Mason 77}, 9:Nouha Dicko {Replaced by 22:Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 71} {Manager:Paul Lambert} 

Lincoln City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Saturday January 28th 2017

Attendance: 9,469

Scorers: {Lincoln} Alan Power {57-pen}, Fikayo Tomori {own goal 62}, Theo Robinson 85} {Brighton} Richie Towell {24}

Ranked at the time: 44

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Lincoln: 1:Paul Farman, 2:Bradley Wood, 5:Luke Waterfall, 25:Sean Raggett, 3:Sam Habergham, 28:Nathan Arnold, 8:Alan Power {Replaced by 27:Jamie McCombie 90 +8}, 30:Alex Woodyard, 11:Terry Hawkridge, 9:Matt Rhead {Replaced by 12:Sean Long 88}, 31:Theo Robinson {Replaced by 7:Jack Muldoon 87} {Manager:Danny Cowley}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Brighton: 1: Niki Maenpaa {Replaced by 16:Casper Ankergren 56}, 27:Fikayo Tomori, 18:Connor Goldson, 4:Uwe Hunemeier, 44:Sam Adekugbe, 21:Oliver Norwood, 14:Steve Sidwell, 8:Jiri Skalak, {Replaced by 15:Jamie Murphy 68}, 29:Riche Towell {Replaced by 10:Tomer Hemed 68}, 20:Solly March, 17:Glenn Murray {Manager:Chris Hughton}

Fulham 4-1 Hull City

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Sunday January 29th 2017

Attendance: 15,143

Scorers: {Fulham} Sone Aluko {17}, Chris Martin {54}, Ryan Sessegnon {66}, Stefan Johansen {79}:  {Hull} Goebel {49}

Ranked at the time: 579

A year to the week since these sides last met in a Championship fixture, which Hull won 2-1 on their way to promotion to the Premier League, the Tigers returned for a cup tie largely overshadowed by events elsewhere on the same day. Hull came into the tie having won at Manchester United in the second leg of their League cup semi final three days earlier. Although sadly their victory was insufficient to win a place in the final. And curiously, in a weekend when a host of top flight and Championship managers were criticised for heavily employing their rotation systems, Hull manager, Silva retained a relatively solid line up. Though this was more down to the restrictions of Hull's off the field problems and the loss of key players in the transfer window. 

This tie came down to a case of wasteful finishing from the visitors and clinical finishing from the hosts. The most memorable moment of the tie coming late on when Abel Hernandez's penalty was saved by Bettinelli only for the keeper to instantly give away another spot kick, bringing down Hernandez as he tried to score from the rebound. On a miserable day for the visitors, The Fulham keeper saved again from the second effort.   

 Fulham: 1:Marcus Bettinelli, 30:Ryan Sessignon, 13:Tim Ream, 26:Tomas Kalas, 4:Denis Odoi, 6:Kevin McDonald, 14:Stefan Johansen, 24:Sone Aluko {Replaced by 11:Floyd Ayite 80}, 10:Tom Cairney {Replaced by 2:Ryan Fredericks 88}, 20:Lucas Piazon, 25:Chris Martin {Replaced by 33:Athanasios Petsos 83} {Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Hull: 16:Eldin Jakupovic, 14:Omar Elabdellaoui, 6:Curtis Davies {Replaced by 5:Harry Maguire 10}, 8:Tom Huddlestone, 3:Andrew Robertson, 40:Evandro Goebel {Replaced by 28:Josh Tymon 74}, 7:David Meyler {Replaced by 24:Oumar Niasse 62}, 50:Lazar Markovic, 20:Adama Diomande, 11:Sam Clucas, 9:Abel Hernandez. {Manager: Marco Silva} 

Millwall 1-0 Watford

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Sunday January 29th 2017

Attendance: 9,772

Scorer: Steve Morison {85}

Ranked at the time: 269

Eyebrows were raised when Eddie Howe named an entirely different eleven from Bournemouth's most recent League game, considering his Cherries side were suggesting they could achieve the club's first ever top ten finish in the Premier League. However this was no weakened side of unknowns that so plagued the cup a decade earlier. Howe's team contained several Internationals, a wealth of top flight experience and only two players that could be considered inexperienced in Jordan Lee and the French Under 21 International Lys Mousset. In an era when the Christmas schedule was clearly reaching breaking point, a cup tie at a League One side was surely a good place to try out the men who usually graced the subs bench every Saturday. The ploy backfired spectacularly in an awful display of disjointed play among players who clearly lacked match practice together as a team.

Millwall, by contrast retained the same eleven for the fifth consecutive game and, having gone unbeaten in those games, that coherence among their players would prove crucial as they dominated their visitors, restricting them to a handful of off target half chances when already two goals down.

Team reshuffling again came into debate in round four when Watford boss, Walter Mazzarri made seven changes to his side for the trip to The Den, though in this instance it only served to highlight the lunacy of a full midweek Premier League schedule being placed three days after the cup round. A trip to face Arsenal after the Millwall game no doubt had an impact on his selection. Like Bournemouth however it was still an experienced Watford side that could have few complaints at being dumped out in a manner every bit as impressive from Millwall as their third round result.   

Millwall: 1: Jordan Archer, 2: Shaun Cummings, 17: Byron Webster,  24:Jake Cooper, 5: Tony Craig, 10: Fred Onydinma  {Replaced by 14:Jed Wallace 72}, 8: Ben Thompson, 6: Shaun Williams, 22: Aidan O'Brien  {Replaced by 18: Shane Ferguson-71}, 9: Lee Gregory {Replaced by 26:Nadjim Abdou 95} 20: Steve Morison. {Manager: Neil Harris}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Watford: 30:Costel Pantilimon {Replaced by 1:Heurelho Gomes 42}, 4:Younes Kaboul, 6:Adrian Mariappa, 3:Miguel Britos, 26:Brice Dja Djedje {Replaced by 22:Daryl Janmaat 69}, 16:Abdoulaye Doucoure, 23:Ben Watson, 17:Adiene Guedioura, 32:Brandon Mason, 33:Stefano Okaka, 19:Jerome Sinclair {Replaced by 9:Troy Deeney 77} {Manager:Walter Mazzarri}

Sutton United 1-0 Leeds United

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fourth Round: Sunday January 29th 2017

Attendance: 4,997

Scorer: Jamie Collins {53-pen}

Ranked at the time: 31

After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again

Sutton: 1:Ross Worner, 2:Kevin Amankwaah, 27:Simon Downer, 6:Jamie Collins, 7:Dan Spence, 24:Maxime Biamou, 15:Craig Eastmond {Replaced by Baboye Traore 90 +1}, 16:Nicky Bailey, 12:Adam May, 21:Roarie Deacon, 8:Bedsente Gomis. {Manager: Paul Doswell}

That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
Attendance: 9,054
Attendance: 9,054

Leeds: 12:Marco Silvestre, 31:Lewie Coyle, 34:Paul McKay, 6:Liam Cooper, 33:Tyler Denton, 16:Matt Grimes, 37:Billy Whitehouse {Replaced by 7:Kemar Roofe 73}, 15:Stuart Dallas {Replaced by 24:Hadi Sacko 57}, 23:Kalvin Phillips, 10:Marcus Antonsson, 11:Souleymane Doukara  {Replaced by 36:Mallik Wilks 64}. {Manager: Gary Monk}

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

  Third round replay: Tuesday January 17th 2017
Attendance: 9,054
Scorer: {Albion} Nathan Arnold {90 +1}
Ranked at the time: 140
After six years of struggle at Sincil Bank, in which relegation to the sixth tier had loomed large several times, things were looking up again
 for Lincoln fans as their team seemed to be marching towards the National League title and a return to the Football League. A trip to inconsistent Championship side, Ipswich in the third round of the cup offered a chance of a bit of extra icing on the cake for a side clearly brimming with confidence.  5,000 Imps fans made the trip to Portman Road, intent on a good old fashioned cup day out and got just that when Theo Robinson deservedly set up a possible cup shock not once but twice in a topsy turvey afternoon when a lacklustre home side salvaged a replay four minutes from time.
The 2-2 draw set up a live televised replay for the Imps at Sincil bank with over 9,000 fans packing into the ground for an evening that was also tinged with sadness. In the days between the cup tie and replay, Lincoln's legendary former manager, Graham Taylor passed away at the age of seventy-two. The future England Manager began his management career at Sincil Bank and was still the last man to take the club into the fourth round of the cup forty-one years early. Fitting then that, on the night the club paid tribute to Taylor, the men of 2017 emulated his 1976 team in impressive style. On a night when Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side were simply awful, Lincoln repeatedly failed to turn their dominance into goals with Dean Gerken producing one fantastic first half save when it seemed certain the deadlock would be broken.
That stop set up a tense finish as a rare Ipswich attack resulted in a dangerous free kick as the game ticked into stoppage time with all in 
the stadium and watching on TV feeling that a goal now would be cruel to deny the Non-League side an extra half hour, not to mention an unexpected late night for the BBC's News at  Ten team. The Championship side threw extra bodies forward in the hope of achieving just that but when the poorly effected set piece broke to Adam Marriott he suddenly found himself deep in his own half but with just one blue shirt between he and the Ipswich goal. With a hopelessly exposed Ipswich defence desperately trying to get back into position, Marriott showed great composure to not race on himself, instead checking his own break before laying a great through ball to Nathan Arnold who equally calmly rounded the defenceless Gerken before slotting into the empty net to clinch the victory and a fourth round tie against Championship high flyers, Brighton. 
Lincoln: 1: Paul Farman, 2: Bradley Wood, 5: Luke Waterfall, 25: Sean Raggett, 3: Sam Habergham, 28: Nathan Arnold {Replaced by 7: Jack Muldoon 90 +3}, 30: Alex Wodyard, 8: Alan Power, 11: Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 27: Jamie McCombe 90 +5}, 31: Theo Robinson {Replaced by 10: Adam Marriott 80}, 9: Matt Rhead. {Manager: Danny Cowley} 

Fifth Round: Saturday February 18th 2017

Attendance: 19,185

Scorers Sean Raggett {89}

Ranked at the time: 10 

Lincoln: 1:Paul Farman, 2:Bradley Wood, 5:Luke Waterfall, 25:Sean Raggett, 3:Sam Habergham, 28:Nathan Arnold, 8:Alan Power, 30:Alex Woodyard, 11:Terry Hawkridge {Replaced by 38:Joe Ward 81}, 9:Matt Rhead {Replaced by 27: Jamie McComb 90+1}, 7:Jack Muldoon {Replaced by 31:Dayle Southwell 64}

 

Honourable Mention

Brackley Town 4-3 Gillingham

First Round Replay [After Extra Time}

Wednesday November 16th 2016

Att: 1,654

Scorers:{Brackley} James Armson {17, 26, 105}, Nelson {o.g. 96}, {Gillingham} Jake Hessenthaler {36}, Scott Wagstaff {67}, Cody McDonald {116}

National League North Brackley lay three divisions below Gillingham when they visited Priestfield on First Round day and the mid table National League North outfit looked to be heading for the big story of the day when they roared into a two goal lead against the inconsistent League One side. To their credit, Gillingham stayed calm and clawed the game back to force a replay in the Northamptonshire Town perhaps better known for its links to Formula One than for Football.

The script for the replay remained unchanged however as The part timers yet again roared into an early two goal lead through James Armson only to be clawed by by the full timers. Sensationally, for the third time in the tie, Brackley built up a two goal lead with Armson completing a hat-trick. Yet again Gillingham began a fight back but on this occasion lacked the necessary time to complete the job, bringing the curtain down on a cup tie that the fans of both sides probably needed a stiff drink afterwards. For Brackley comes a potentially easier task of travellingto League Two Blackpool in round two to continue their giant killing exploits.

 

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