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How the Hatters rated

Craddock the star in Wembley triumph

Dean Brill: 7 – The busier of the two keepers. Brill has been in excellent form since being recalled to the Hatters' line-up. His composure when put under pressure was exemplary and his kicking was good. Made a couple of crucial saves to prevent Scunthorpe from taking control. Couldn't really do anything about the goals.

Michael Spillane: 7 – Had his hands full with the enterprising left midfielder Kevan Hurst, but coped pretty well. Tried to get forward at every opportunity. Has been one of the standout performers this season and this was another example of his growing maturity. Certainly destined for greater things.

Keith Keane: 8 – Defensive of the two midfielders with Kevin Nicholls operating in a more advanced role. Keane is more at home in the back four, but Michael Spillane's inclusion necessitated a change in position in which he performed admirably. Required all of defensive nous in the second half and made a few timely challenges.

George Pilkington: 7 – Exposed for the opening goal as Gary Hooper was given too much space to work with. Aside from that, the experienced centre-half was barely noticeable which is a good sign that he was doing his job well.

Kevin Nicholls (captain): 7 - A full-blooded challenge early on signalled the captain's intent and his headed goal line clearance to deny Henri Lansbury was exceptional. Has a habit of following through when flying into tackles and earned himself a yellow card for an overly aggressive challenge. His set piece delivery was good, but some of his passing in normal play was of the hit and hope variety. Commitment as whole-hearted as ever.

Lewis Emanuel: 7 – Has justified his inclusion in place of Sol Davis over recent weeks. Was caught out of position on a few occasions and often gave Lansbury too much room. Tidied up well when required and rarely looked flustered with the ball at his feet.

Asa Hall: 6 – As has often been the case, struggled to get into the game for long periods. When he did burst into life, made a number of dangerous forays forward. Was generally required to live off scraps just behind Craddock. Sat deeper when required to.

Rossi Jarvis: 7 – Playing wide on the right, came more into proceedings as the game progressed. Lacked the pace to go past Marcus Williams and had to rely on his distribution which, for the most part, was pretty good. Forced into a deeper role in second half because of defensive duties and, as a result, saw less of the ball.

Ed Asafu-Adjaye: 7 – Formed a decent partnership with Pilkington in the heart of the defence. Often looks nervous in possession, but evidently grew in confidence as game went on. Put under increasing pressure as Scunthorpe enjoyed long stretches of possession after the interval and dealt well with whatever was thrown at him.

Chris Martin: 7 – Saw plenty of the ball in the early stages. Has looked uncomfortable on the left wing in his past few appearances, but gave Cliff Byrne lots to think about all afternoon. Held the ball up well all day and supplied clinical finish for the equaliser. Needless yellow card.

Tom Craddock: 9 – The decisive factor. The ex-Middlesbrough man has been the Hatters' main attacking threat and the same was true at Wembley. His pass to Martin for the equaliser was perfectly weighted and showed just what he is capable of. Took his goal exceptionally well and his build up play was also of a high standard. Excelled on the biggest stage and it would be a major surprise if he is not plying his trade at a higher level next season. Lucky that no-one seemed to see his slap on Byrne. Became exposed in the second half as Hatters were forced to defend in numbers.

Claude Gnakpa (sub): 7 – Late substitute for the exhausted Craddock. Required to hold the fort. Missed a great chance early in extra time when he was foiled by the covering defence, but made up for it minutes later with an exquisite finish after catching Marcus Williams out.

Sam Parkin (sub): 6 – Fresh legs for the last five minutes. Little opportunity to make a significant difference, but held the ball up well when required.

 
 
 

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