Sutton United’s players will “go down in history” despite missing out on a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, said manager Paul Doswell.
The National League side were beaten 2-0 by Premier League visitors Arsenal, who are 105 places above Sutton on English football’s ladder.
The home side had several chances, with Adam May wasting a chance and Roarie Deacon hitting the crossbar.
“This was our cup final,” said Doswell. “I’m very, very proud.”
The 50-year-old said it was “a dream” to watch his side play Arsenal, who will face another non-league team – Lincoln City – in the last eight.
“We were disappointed not to get a goal for the supporters here but the overriding emotion is pride,” he added.
Sutton, who famously beat Coventry in the FA Cup in 1989, had overcome league sides AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United on their way to the fifth round.
But they could not get the better of an Arsenal team who had lost three of their previous four games.
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