Crewe missed all four spot-kicks as they crashed out 2-0 on penalties to local rivals Port Vale in the Carabao Cup after the Staffordshire derby ended goalless in normal time.
It was a horror show for the visitors at Vale Park as Elliott Nevitt blasted over the bar before Connor Ripley produced a good save to keep out Chris Long's penalty.
Rio Adebisi rattled the bar and Joel Tabiner's miss ended their misery.
Thomas Sang failed with Vale's third spot-kick after James Wilson and Oliver Arblaster scored the first two.
The hosts had the majority of the chances but couldn't break down the Railwaymen inside 90 minutes.
Adebisi wasted a great chance to fire the visitors ahead as he poked over from close range. Down the other end, Crewe goalkeeper Harvey Davies produced a good save to keep out Alex Iacovitti's header at the back post.
Vale made a triple change to try and force a result but saw former Manchester United man Wilson's audacious effort barely trouble Davies.
The Crewe stopper once again frustrated Wilson after Sheffield United loanee Arblaster found the striker.
Arblaster's long-range strike flew just over the bar with five minutes to go before penalties decided the outcome.
Match report supplied by PA Media.