Aston Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday as their season took another disappointing turn despite a relatively strong display.
Joe Jacobsen secured a replay for his side as he cooly slotted home a second-half penalty as the hosts grew in confidence after the interval and had chances to produce an upset.
However, they were forced to settle for a draw and a replay at Villa Park later this month, where they may well fancy their chances with the pressure on their rivals to secure a result that takes them through to the next round.
As for Villa, it appeared as though things would be going in their favour after captain Micah Richards gave them the lead in the first half with his scuffed effort finding its way into the bottom corner.
While Remi Garde will have been pleased with their showing before the break, the Premier League side began to lose their way in the second half and were almost made to pay.
Although the French tactician will be relatively pleased with the performance and result considering their current circumstances, he continues to search for his first win since taking over at the club, with the streak now extended to 10 games.
Villa return to league matters in midweek when they host Crystal Palace at Villa Park on Tuesday night, as they look to make some inroads in moving out of the relegation zone.
Having won just one of their first 20 games of the campaign, the Villans remain bottom of the table and 11 points adrift of safety as Garde attempts to mastermind their unlikely escape.
Aston Villa player ratings: Bunn 6; Richards 7, Okore 6, Clark 6, Richardson 6; Bacuna 6, Westwood 6, Gueye 6, Gil 7; Sinclair 5, Gestede 5
Substitutes: Veretout 5, Ayew 6, Lyden N/A