Hull City reached the last 16 of the EFL Cup for the third time in four years as picture-book goals from Ryan Mason and Markus Henriksen completed a comeback to defeat Premier League rivals Stoke City.
The Tigers, who retained just three players from the weekend defeat to Arsenal, could count themselves fortunate to emerge as winners from a game dominated by their hosts, but it was another feather in Mike Phelan's cap as caretaker boss. This was the very first time that Hull City have won an away game to progress to the League Cup fourth round.
A team thrown together lacked fluency and control but the spirit that has been a trademark of the season helped Hull City over the line.
There was much to like about the fresh faces making full debuts. Mason and Henriksen played on the fringes of the game before their exceptional finishes overturned Marko Arnautovic's opener, while goalkeeper David Marshall was to thank for keeping his new team in the game on debut. Former Manchester United youngster James Weir, making his full debut in senior football, also showed an effervescent attitude as a makeshift right-back.
Hull City's passing game was dreadful throughout the first half, inviting Stoke City on to launch a host of attacks. David Meyler was culpable on an off night in midfield but he was not alone in squandering possession too often.
Of the six summer signings making their first starts, it was Will Keane who struggled to leave his mark. The young forward has not played much football in 2016 and it showed in a rusty, undercooked performance on the right side of the attack.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- A host of calculated gambles were taken and Mike Phelan could argue they were all vindicated with a smash and grab win. Whether or not he would start Weir at right-back or Mason in such an advanced role again is debatable.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK David Marshall, 8 -- A very impressive debut began with him unable to stop Arnautovic's beauty but he was to thank for keeping his side in it. A string of saves was topped off by a point-blank stop to keep out Mame Diouf's header.
DF James Weir, 6 -- Won't forget his first start in senior football after being given a stern examination at right-back by Stoke's Ramadan Sobhi. Persevered in tough circumstances and played a part in the late winner.
DF Harry Maguire, 7 -- Did all that was asked of him on a return to the side, helping to keep Wilfried Bony's threat to a minimum. A solid effort that gives Phelan a dilemma with Jake Livermore free of suspension this weekend.
DF Curtis Davies, 7 -- The captain retained his spot in defence and clung to the form that's making him stand out from the crowd this season. Withstood Stoke's onslaught with a number of important clearances and blocks.
DF Andy Robertson, 6 -- Like Weir on the opposite flank, it was not an easy night for the left-back. Often found Arnautovic and Glen Johnson doubling up on him and lacked the cover from midfield to help out.
MF David Meyler, 5 -- The only ever-present in league and cup this season but that is under doubt after a disappointing night. Wasteful in possession throughout the first half and never got a foothold on the midfield battle.
MF Markus Henriksen, 7 -- Not the best player on the pitch by any means but an assist and a goal made this a hugely satisfying debut in English football for the Norwegian. Showed good composure and a willingness to attack.
MF Ryan Mason, 7 -- A quite wonderful cushioned volley was worth the admission fee alone and helps to repay the faith shown in the club record signing. A peripheral role for much of the game but marked up just for his fabulous equaliser.
FW Will Keane, 5 -- Not since last December had the new signing started a competitive fixture and it showed in a performance that was badly off the pace. Surrendered possession too often and his head began to drop as a result.
FW Shaun Maloney, 6 -- Contributions of note were few and far between on the left flank but the assist for Henriksen's winner was a touch of class. Capable of those classy touches but needs more to force his way into Premier League plans.
FW Dieumerci Mbokani, 6 -- Much of the game was played without a team-mate within 40 yards of the isolated striker. Asked to hold up play and allow others to join the attack. A thankless task in the main but persisted throughout.
MF Ahmed Elmohamady, N/A -- Added fresh legs to the right of City's midfield and enabled Weir to push on late in the game.
MF Tom Huddlestone, N/A -- Left in Charlie Adam's wake at one point but helped lay the foundations for the late rally that snatched victory.
FW Adama Diomande, N/A -- A means of counting down the clock and nothing else.