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Class In A Glass From Disappointed Tarkowski

18 February 2017

James Tarkowski picked up a bottle of champagne as Burnley's man-of-the-match but generously allowed Lincoln City to toast their famous FA Cup victory with it.

Tarkowski received the sponsor's prize as the Clarets' stand-out player in a shock fifth-round defeat for Sean Dyche's side.

But rather than take it home, Tarkowski generously handed it on to Lincoln match-winner Sean Raggett after the defender's 89th-minute header gave the Imps a 1-0 win to take the National League leaders into the quarter-finals.

"Fair play to them. They are a National League team but they are playing way above that at the moment," said Tarkowski.

"They are knocking teams out from all the leagues above them.

"I just thought they deserved it. They came here and gave their all and have gone away with the result, so I gave the bottle of champagne away to the lad who got the goal and fair play to them."

Tarkowki's sporting gesture followed a frustrating afternoon for the Clarets as Lincoln became the first team to win at Turf Moor in nine games and also the first non-league side to reach the last eight of the Cup in its modern guise.

"They were a tough side to play against," Tarkowski added.

"They had already knocked out two Championship sides, so we knew it was going to be a tough day.

"We weren't expecting them just to roll over.

"But we fully expect to win every game we play in and so it's disappointing to come away with a defeat and get knocked out of the Cup.

"The first half was going okay but we maybe just came off it in the second half, didn't take the one or two chances we had and they got the goal from the set-piece, which is disappointing for us."

The Clarets' defeats means they will now go to Liverpool as scheduled on 12 March as part of a run of four successive Premier League away games, starting at Hull next weekend.

"We've got to pick ourselves up," said Tarkowski. "We've had a great season so far. This is one of our lowest points in the season.

"We have the league we really need to focus on now. We've got some big games coming up against teams around us we need to pick up points against, so there are a big few weeks ahead and we can really look forward to that."

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