Sunday 30 April 2017

Last-gasp Lincoln pile on misery for McCarthy

Jeff Hendrick battles it out with Adnan Januzaj during last night’s FA Cup replay between Burnley and Sunderland. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Jeff Hendrick battles it out with Adnan Januzaj during last night’s FA Cup replay between Burnley and Sunderland. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Nigel Whittaker

Mick McCarthy's future as Ipswich Town manager was in doubt last night after non-league Lincoln stunned the Tractor Boys with a stoppage-time winner from Nathan Arnold in their FA Cup third-round replay.

The Imps were dominant throughout and a bigger margin of victory against a team 59 places higher in the league pyramid would not have flattered them.

There were emotional tributes before the match to former Imps manager Graham Taylor, who died last week.

Lincoln, who had battled to a 2-2 draw at Portman Road, went close in the first half when a header from midfielder Alex Woodyard dropped just wide.

Stand-in Town goalkeeper Dean Gerken then produced a fine save to deny Luke Waterfall at point-blank range.

Just when it looked like the tie was set for extra-time, Lincoln broke from a corner. Substitute Adam Marriott's pass sent Arnold sprinting clear and he rounded the goalkeeper before knocking the ball into an empty net, sparking wild celebrations around Sincil Bank, full to the brim with 9,069 spectators.

Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton will be hoping to avoid becoming another scalp when they head to face Lincoln in the fourth round on January 28.

Sutton are also in the fourth round after they beat 10-man AFC Wimbledon 3-1 to set up a televised tie against Leeds.

Tom Elliott headed the League One side into the lead on 10 minutes before Dons defender Paul Robinson was shown a straight red card for pulling back Sutton striker Matt Tubbs.

Sutton were level with 15 minutes left when Roarie Deacon weaved into the area before drilling the ball into the top corner.

Maxime Biamou's last-minute tap-in from close range sparked wild celebrations from the away fans, with Dan Fitchett adding a third from a long goal-kick in stoppage time.

Christian Benteke scored twice as Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 at Selhurst Park and secure a date with Manchester City.

Burnley heaped more misery on Sunderland with a 2-0 win at Turf Moor. The Clarets took the lead just before half-time through Sam Vokes and substitute Andre Gray put the tie beyond Sunderland when he netted a second with seven minutes to go.

Irish Independent

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