SO close...and yet so far!
Town's defeat to Arsenal will be a source of pride to the club for a long while.
Below are our HTAFC reporter Doug Thomson's ratings.
On Page Two are the fans' ratings.
Beaten by a deflected shot and a penalty, the experienced keeper was unlucky to end up on the losing side 8
Used all his experience to help quell Arsenal’s attacking intentions, but was disappointed by the late goal 7
After a testing start he really warmed to his task. His surging run, which led to the sending off, was memorable 8
Stepped up to the plate with a busy performance in midfield and was never afraid to take a shot at goal 8
Seemed to enjoy his tussle with the big guns and made some telling tackles to keep Arsenal out 8
Only the late penalty spoiled his afternoon. He twice he came close to scoring in a strong display 7
Revelled on the big stage and really caught the eye with some exciting wing play as he tried to stretch the Gunners 8
Took his place in midfield and worked as hard as ever before being forced off with a knock on the hour 7
Was pushed into midfield and responded with a telling display both defensively and on attack 8
It was great to see the striker claim his first Town goal. Hopefully there will be more will follow 8
Like Pilkington he was eager to impress in front of a big crowd and did his reputation no harm 8
Scott Arfield (for T Clarke 61) 7
I Bennett 7.77
L Peltier 7.83
J McCombe 7.53
P Clarke 8.09
J Hunt 8.54
K Kilbane 7.27
G Roberts 7.59
J Gudjonsson 8.23
A Pilkington 8.13
A Lee 8.46
T Clarke 6.94
S Arfield 6.89