Chesterfield suffered Capital One Cup heartache on Tuesday night when they went down 5-3 to Hudderfield Town after extra-time - in an unforgiving end-to-end battle at the Proact Stadium.
It had started so well for the Spireites after Ritchie Humphreys and Ollie Banks had put the hosts ahead at the break before Nahki Wells pulled one back for the visiting Terriers.
Eoin Doyle responded for Paul Cook’s side, who were heading towards a second round tie for the first time since 2006, before disaster struck with just six minutes of normal time to go.
A contentious penalty was converted by Wells before Chesterfield keeper Tommy Lee made an uncharacteristic mistake when he let John Stead’s tame effort squirm under him in injury time.
The momentum was with Huddersfield, who didn’t look back, and Wells completed his hat-trick before Joe Lolley to put the tie beyond the Spireites in the first half of extra-time.
Cook said: “To give the penalty away and then the last goal was obviously disappointing, when you get to 3-1 up you should be able to see it out but we never and that’s football.”