Squirrel makes Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill crash his bike
As narrow escapes go, it is certainly one of the most bizarre.
After watching their team fall 2-1 to Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, several of the 1,000 Scunthorpe United fans who turned out at Glanford Park would perhaps say they wished they hadn't been there.
But Alan Knill very nearly wasn't.
The Iron boss faced boos and calls for his head at the end of the game - which took the team's losing run to six in all competitions - but says he has been given a new perspective on life following a cycling accident.
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Knill was out riding his bike on Monday when he collided with a squirrel. Unable to dodge the animal, it got caught up in his spokes and sent the manager flying over his handlebars.
"It was quite serious at the time, I was flying through the air," said Knill, who escaped with just cuts and bruises.
"I came off my bike at 20-whatever miles an hour, an ambulance was called and everything – I could have died.
"I'm worrying every night about football, about this, about that, I could have been dead on Monday.
"You hear it (the crowd) and it happens, but you just put up with it.
"I had things put into perspective on Monday.
"I'm quite sure that I'll sort this out.
"Obviously we need some help, but I'm quite sure I'll sort this out and we'll move on.
"The perspective for me was I might not have been having this conversation.
"These things (defeats) happen, but it puts a perspective on everything."
Knill was nevertheless, pleased with an improved performance from his players against the Magpies.
They took the lead through Mark Duffy, before goals from Enoch Showunmi and Carl Regan saw the visitors triumph.
Notts had made five changes to their starting line-up for the first round clash, and the manager admits their strength in depth was telling.
"We've had some plusses," said Knill.
"We put Jordan Keegan on the pitch, that was the first time he's started for us and I thought he did well. He just tired towards the end, which is to be expected.
"Then we got Mark Hughes on the pitch. We think he's going to be a good player.
"It's just the same problem, we're just short (on numbers).
"Look at their squad, what they had on the pitch and what they didn't; it was always going to be difficult. But I thought we had a good go.
"We tried our best and it was an improvement from Saturday, but we all know we've got to be a lot better.
"Hopefully we can strengthen the squad, which is the most important thing. We obviously need players."