Lawrence double foils Lincoln
A Theo Robinson double epitomised the romance of the FA Cup as National league leaders hit Ipswich with an ‘Impvasion’ and went close to causing an upset.
Lincoln led Championship side Ipswich twice in a thrilling cup tie, with Tom Lawrence twice equalising for the home side.
City striker Theo Robinson got his side off to a cracking sixth-minute start when he side-footed home a Nathan Arnold cross from six yards. Lawrence levelled for Ipswich in the 12th minute, however, with a superb solo goal. The on-loan Leicester midfielder sprinted from halfway and fired through keeper Paul Farman’s legs from 18 yards.
And Lawrence had to rescue Town again after Robinson had cleverly tucked away his second not long after the hour mark.
The Norwich City and Derby target struck five minutes from time when he beat Farman with a low drive from 30 yards, silencing the 5,000 City fans who had packed the Cobbold Stand, the biggest away support at Portman Road since the stadium became an allseater in 1992.
Although there are 57 places between Championship side Ipswich and non-league Lincoln this upset was not a total shock.
Mick McCarthy’s side have been poor of late, an inconsistent run in the league, coupled with some unexciting football, having seen the Blues faithful turn on their manager.
Conversely, the Lincoln manager Danny Cowley assisted by his brother Nick, has been a revelation since being brought in from Braintree Town.
He could not disguise the pride at his side’s performance and said: “It was a tremendous day for the club, both financially and in terms of confidence. We knew we had to play our very best with another 10 per cent on top. We did that – we went toe to toe with a good Championship side. We limited them to few chances.
“The key for us now is to take away the confidence knowing we can match a Championship side.” The vastly experienced McCarthy is struggling to get Ipswich back on side as inconsistent form has raised questions about his future. While Ipswich fans joined with Lincoln supporters in ovation to the Imps, boos were aimed at McCarthy.
“The only thing I can do is get the team to play better and win,” said McCarthy. “That will stop the boos. Maybe it won’t now at this stage. I’m not complaining though.”
Bright lights: Theo Robinson scores for Lincoln City as they nearly upset Ipswich