Is an Imps treble still on? Jamie Forrester looks at promotion and Danny Cowley.

Burnley recently announced that Lincoln City would be given a ticket allocation of 3,210 when the Imps travel to Turf Moor in the FA Cup fifth round.

This was seen as a disappointment for City as Managing Director Kevin Cook claims he would want a number closer to 7,000 as the Impsvasion continues.

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Lincoln City will travel to Burnley in the FA Cup fifth round.

As much as an FA Cup upset against a Premier League side would be great for the Imps, the league is the main focus for Danny Cowley as a return to the Football League is well overdue for Lincoln City.

When speaking to Sports BWIN about the thought of promotion, former Imps striker Jamie Forrester said: “You wouldn’t bet against them so why not? A lot depends on how this FA Cup run will affect them. They probably had one eye on the Brighton game after Barrow so depending on how far they go in the FA Cup, the next four or five games will give you a good indication – if they keep winning then they’ll get promoted.”

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Jamie Forrester during his time at Sincil Bank.

Obviously, one of the key changes behind the scenes at Sincil Bank this season is the arrival of the Cowley brothers.

After masterminding an incredible 2015/16 season with Braintree, whilst remaining in full time work as a teacher, Danny Cowley has revolutionised the Imps this season with the help of his brother Nicky.

Currently three points clear at the top of the National League with a game in hand over Dagenham & Redbridge, the chance of being crowned League winners is looking likely as long as the Cowley’s keep the Imps focused, by not getting distracted by other competitions.

Forrester went on to speak about the manager at Sincil Bank when speaking to Sport BWIN: “From the outside looking in he’s galvanised everybody. When he was appointed he was a full-time teacher, his brother was a full-time teacher and they gave up their jobs.

“Obviously they were managing in the National League part time but they gave up their jobs, relocated and literally invested their whole life into Lincoln City. Although at the time they had very good reputations, they’ve just come in and completely galvanised the club.

“Momentum plays a massive part in it but Dan has got every single player playing together as a team.

“This year they’ve scored 58 goals in the league and there’s not one individual who’s contributing far more than any other. Matt Rhead’s scored 11, Nathan Arnold has scored 10 so it means they’re sharing the goals and not reliant on one individual – that’s the ultimate sign of a team unit.

“Every player seems to know their role within the team and when everyone is clicking, you see that in the performances and results.”

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Do the Cowley brothers deserve a film following their impressive performances at Sincil Bank?

Aside from their famous FA Cup run and dominance in the league, City also have a chance of claiming silverware through the FA Trophy.

The FA Trophy Final will be played at Wembley on Sunday 21st May and the Imps have a strong chance of getting there as they face Boreham Wood in the Quarter-Final.

This will be the fourth time Lincoln have played away from home in the competition.

Also whilst speaking to Sport BWIN, Forrester went on to say: “Normally the lower down the leagues you go, the consistency level is something that crops up more and more.

“They’ll play great against Ipswich on a Saturday and then the following game the consistency levels drop but Dan has made sure they do not.

“Lincoln are still in the FA Trophy, FA Cup and favourites to go up in the league – if anybody had offered you that at the start of the season they’d have bitten your hand off.

“Dan has done an astonishing job with his backroom staff and I just hope their work is rewarded with a return to the Football League.”

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Lincoln City have enjoyed FA Cup success this season.

To read the full Jamie Forrester interview with Sport BWIN click here.

 

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