Magnificent Lincoln City proved their Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over Championship side Ipswich Town was no fluke when they ousted the Tractor Boys` rivals…..
….Brighton & Hove Albion from the competition in the Fourth Round at a bouncing Sincil Bank on Saturday.
The tie brought together the leaders of the Vanarama National League and the leaders of the Championship, and it was the lower league outfit who triumphed – and it was no fluke.
The visitors were the dominant side in the opening 45 minutes, despite manager Chris Hughton making nine changes to his line-up from their previous league match.
However, top scorer Glenn Murray was in the team and was a constant menace to the Imps defence in the first half.
He brought a fine save from Lincoln keeper Paul Farman with a header and, shortly after Solly March had hit the bar from 20 yards, Murray provided the assist with a flick-on for Richie Towell to give the Seagulls a deserved 24th minute lead.
But the second half was a different story which saw Brighton`s defence often in disarray.
The hosts levelled after 57 minutes when Murray was adjudged to have held Theo Robinson back in the penalty area.
Brighton`s second choice keeper Niki Maenpaa was injured during the incident and was replaced by Casper Ankergren, but Alan Power sent him the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.
Lincoln were now in the ascendancy and went ahead on 62 minutes when debutant Fikayo Tomori turned Nathan Arnold’s cross into his own net.
Brighton went close to equalising when Murray’s close-range effort was blocked.
However, the magnificent Imps killed the tie off with a third goal 5 minutes from time when Brighton gave the ball away and Robinson made it 3-1 with his 5th goal of the competition to date.
Lincoln fans in the sell-out crowd had to endure no less than 8 minutes of stoppage time, but in truth they had few alarms as they witnessed their favourites making it through to the last sixteen for the first time since 1902!