Mansfield Town may have been comprehensively beaten 4-1 at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in their Capital One Cup first round tie, but their never-say-die attitude won them a lot of friends at Hillsborough.
Trailing 2-0 to two goals in six minutes by Lucas Joao and Jose Semedo and under constant pressure, Stags were given a 45th minute lifeline by Ryan Tafazolli, who was also excellent at the back.
Chris Beardsley then came desperately close to levelling before Keiran Lee slotted in a third on 53 minutes.
Even then Adam Murray’s men kept going forward and refused to lie down, only finally finished off when Modou Sougou scored a fourth six minutes from time.
Wednesday looked a class outfit from start to finish and fully deserved to progress.
But the Stags can look forward to the pressure cooker of the Notts County derby at Meadow Lane on Friday night knowing they will come up against very different opposition.