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Danny Cowley "proud" of Lincoln City achievements

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Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley refuses to criticise his players following their 5-0 defeat to Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has said that he is "proud" of his players after their dream FA Cup run came to an end at the quarter-final stage this evening.

The Imps had beaten the likes of Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley to become the first non-league side to reach the last eight since 1914, and they held their own for much of the opening 45 minutes against Arsenal today.

However, a Theo Walcott goal on the stroke of half time preceded a second-half deluge at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal ultimately ran out 5-0 winners.

"We had a tough second half against world class players, when they scored on the edge of half time it was always going to be difficult," Cowley told BT Sport.

"They got confident from then on in and we got dragged around and hurt in wide areas. But we're the first non-league team in over 100 years to get to the last eight of the FA Cup. We need to be proud of what we've done.

"This is not a time for criticism, it's a time to reflect on what we've done. The key thing is to learn from this and come away better footballers and better people."

Lincoln could still reach Wembley for the first time in their history with a win over York City in their two-legged FA Trophy semi-final next week.

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Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley at another press conference in February 2017
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