Sean Dyche: Nick Pope is showing signs of improvement at Burnley
Feb 17 2017 by Marjorie Miles
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.
Non-League Lincoln City will join Sutton United and attempt to become the first teams in the modern era to reach the quarter-finals (Spurs won the trophy as an amateur side in 1901) - but both face huge tests. He then returned to the Football League with Charlton and had eight loan spells before establishing himself with the Addicks last season, and earning his move to Turf Moor.
"I pick a team that can win".
They now travel to Premier League Burnley on Saturday aiming to do what Chelsea couldn't last weekend.
National League leaders Lincoln are now 81 places below their top-flight opponents in the English football pyramid but Dyche insists his team will afford their opponents plenty of respect, especially given that a number of Burnley's players have themselves played outside the Football League.
"A few here have had a few knocks, a few have had to go backwards to come forward again".
With Burnley'sPremier League safety all but confirmed - they sit in 12th place, 10 points clear of relegation - we should expect Dyche to field a strong side here.
Burnley new-boy Robbie Brady has already made an impact at Turf Moor after scoring a stunning free kick against league leaders Chelsea on Sunday, but will also be unable to play, after appearing for Norwich in an earlier round.
"Our changes are different this time around, we're not using kids who have never played or only a handful of times, we're not giving debuts, it's mostly rounded players who are doing well in their careers", he said.
"But there are certain English players and managers who could do just as good a job and I'm sure if they were given more opportunity, they would be able to show that". I understand the thought process and, besides, I take my prep for any game very seriously. "That means every player knows how we operate and that's a really important thing". It is mad, especially for non-league sides. Lincoln have hardly been kept goalless all season, scoring 61 in their 30 league games to date.
"It's a one in one hundred chance of winning because we have to match them technically and tactically. But we're not going there just for the experience, we want to get a result".