Aston Villa head for Belle Vue to take on Doncaster Rovers tonight confident that there will be no more Wycombe-style Carling Cup wobbles.
David O'Leary's men enjoyed the club's best victory in 43 years (aside of two-leg matches) when they beat Wycombe Wanderers 8-3 at Adams Park in September. But that second-round triumph came with a scare.
Having trailed the League Two side 3-1, Villa's early second-half goal by Milan Baros began a comeback. A deflected shot, an own goal and a penalty turned the match round.
Now, having squeezed past Championship side Burnley with a goal by Kevin Phillips in the third round, Villa must take on League One opponents.
In a tightly-packed ground, in front of a sell-out crowd, with snow on the ground and the chance of playing on a suspect surface, Villa will have to be on their guard. Their opponents put out Manchester City on penalties two months ago, only 24 hours after Villa's escape at Wycombe.
Villa's assistant manager Roy Aitken is confident that O'Leary's side have learned their lessons from the sort of defensive chaos on a lowerdivision ground that resulted in Wycombe scoring three times in little more than half an hour.
"We'll take the Wycombe result any day," Aitken said. "But not the first half.
"We let in some slack goals that night but the boys learnt from that and it is something we've worked on in the last four or five weeks.
"The players would have been the first to say we could have been better defensively overall at that time of the season. But we've put that to bed now.
"The defence is looking solid. We look as if we are building a good sound base and the second half on Saturday against Charlton was as good as we've played.
"But we need to keep playing at the same level if we're to get through.
"We had a nice run a couple of years back and got to the semi-final, where we suffered a frustrating night at Bolton.
"But we won't show any complacency. Doncaster have had a good run and are climbing their own league. They're also scoring goals and we know they've taken a big scalp already this season."
Gareth Barry was stand-in skipper against Wycombe, after O'Leary rested Olof Mellberg on the bench. Although Barry feared the worst at the time, the former England international, who scored two of the goals, is wondering if it was one of those occasions that suggests your team's name is on the trophy.
Barry said: "It was one of those where you thought ' tonight is not our night'. And, if they had scored the next goal, it wouldn't have been our night.
"But we did, we went on to win the game comfortably. And, having been losing like that at half time, sometimes those things can mean something, so we're hoping this is our year.
"Four or five good performances and you can make the final.
"But I watched Doncaster beat Manchester City back in September and I realise how tough the game is going to be.
"You could tell the City players were disappointed because they saw it as an opportunity to progress as do we. It will be a freezing cold night and, if we're not up for it, we'll get turned over."
While Lee Hendrie is due to come in for on-loan Newcastle United midfielder James Milner at St James' Park on Saturday, Villa are hoping to remain unchanged tonight. But they have a doubt about Freddie Bouma, who has a toe problem.