Same here, it's been a few years ago, but I had just changed the oil so I didn't pull the filter. Tough to access with the filter on. Next time, the filter has got to go.I changed mine a few months ago. It was a bit hard due to cramped space.
I didn't remove the oil filter which made the job harder. But if it's removed perhaps will be somewhat easier. Overall it's not a job I'm looking forward doing again!