Danny Cowley's Lincoln show their class by 'sweeping the decks' of Emirates dressing room after FA Cup defeat

Danny Cowley made sure his non-league heroes left a good impression on the FA Cup after “sweeping the decks” at the Emirates.

Cowley and his players even asked for a hoover to clear up any mess in the dressing room to put a final touch of class on their unforgettable cup run.

It almost felt like the perfect ending to the best story of the FA Cup this season but Lincoln have also got their eyes on Wembley in the Football League trophy as well as promotion.

Lincoln boss Cowley says they clear up everywhere they go and also praised Arsenal’s big name players for giving them signed shirts and coming into their dressing room after the game.

Cowley said: “We always clean the dressing room wherever we go. We conceded at Braintree last season a terrible goal in a pivotal game for us and ended up drawing 1-1, we still swept the dressing room.

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“The All Blacks call it ‘sweep the decks’ don’t they. If it is good enough for the All Blacks it’s good enough for us.

“Is it a forfeit? No. We all do it. We always make sure we clean up and leave the changing room as we found it.

“We have to make sure we learn from this experience, this whole cup journey. We accept we are very quickly going to become fish and chip paper. We know how it works. But if you can’t learn from playing against world class players then something’s wrong, isn’t it?

“We have to be inspired by the magnitude of this game, you have to learn about playing against world class players and if we can do that then we leave ourselves a fantastic legacy don’t we.

Lincoln players in a huddle after their 5-0 defeat
(Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“We understand as a non league team that the cup journey is going to come to an end and when it come to an end it’s what you can learn from it to create future opportunities.”

Lincoln’s big burly striker Matt Rhead admitted he loved his battle with Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny despite getting a whack from his elbow and praised the Arsenal players for swapping shirts and being good sports afterwards.

Rhead said: “I loved it (battle with Koscielny). It was beautiful. Loved every minute. They are good players, it was a good battle and it wasn’t to be.

Lincoln players applaud their fans
(Photo: PA)

“I got Chamberlain’s shirt. Their lads have been fine, signed them for us and it was a great touch from them. A few of their lads came in to our dressing room, we then went into theirs and it was a touch of class from them.

“We’ve got a trophy to come, the games are coming thick and fast, Wembley to come and hopefully we can put this behind us, sweep it under the carpet, know we’ve done something very special and finish the season with medals round out necks.

“Wembley would be a special occasion, like this and we will enjoy it, look back at the end of the season. We want medals round our necks at the end of the season as a reminder of what we’ve achieved.”

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