VIDEO: OPINION — Why magnificent Mansfield Town made me change my FA Cup thoughts

Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; The Emirates FA Cup; Cardiff City v Mansfield Town; 6/1/18  KO 15.00; Cardif City Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Stags players applaud the travelling fans after they earned a replay against Cardiff
Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; The Emirates FA Cup; Cardiff City v Mansfield Town; 6/1/18 KO 15.00; Cardif City Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Stags players applaud the travelling fans after they earned a replay against Cardiff

I have to hold my hands up and admit it. Mansfield Town have proved me wrong.

Ahead of the tremendous performance in the goalless FA Cup third round draw at Championship high-flyers Cardiff City, I thought the Stags would be better off out of the competition.