The 24-year-old defender is now on loan at Turf Moor from Liverpool until the end of the season, and was making only his ninth appearance of the season. "The boys were excellent, playing against a Premier League team", Cowley said.
The non-league side beat the Premier League team with an 89th minute goal from Sean Raggett to secure a place in the last-eight of the cup. To add to the drama there was doubt over whether the ball had crossed the line, before the referee awarded the goal to spark celebrations in the 3,000-strong Lincoln contingent. However, Luke Waterfall kept a calm head to usher the ball back to Paul Farman.
Wasn't trying to get the Big Man sent off.
A scrappy encounter threatened to boil over in the second half in an incident involving Clarets midfielder Joey Barton, but it was the non-league side who kept their cool as the minutes ticked by.
The FA Cup returns this weekend and Lincoln City's trip to Burnley is the first match of the fifth round and will be shown live on BT Sport on Saturday.
"But that wouldn't make a good story would it. FairPlay to Lincoln".
At the centre of the war there were a series of controversial battles.
It's the first time the Imps have made it to the last 16 of football's oldest competition since 1902. Contact is part of the game, no problem with that.
Burnley have progressed past Lincoln in all three of their post-war ties, although two of them had to go to replay.
Next, it was Gray who was unable to quite provide the finishing touch, as he failed to divert Joey Barton's exquisite in-swinging free-kick on target. Rhead said he had been stamped on by Barton, who had gone to the ground holding his head. That's much preferred than potentially 210 minutes and a penalty shootout.
After Boyd brought down Alex Woodyard, Terry Hawkridge arrived on the scene and took a hand in the face from Barton before being shoved over by Flanagan. "Whoever says the competition is dead hasn't been in Lincoln for the last six to eight weeks".
Things got scrappy in the box as the Imps seemed to tire leading to sloppy scrambles in the Lincoln box. It was Burley's best chance and one that they would look back on in frustration.