Melissa Rudd

Another game, another defeat. Anything but a win on Saturday seals Norwich City’s fate, but it was the manner of the loss against Southampton almost three weeks ago that set the tone for what was to come.

In three Premier League fixtures since the restart, Norwich have had four shots on target. They’ve conceded eight goals.

An FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United should be the highlight of any season for Norwich City, regardless of league position.

Remember the glorious summer of 2019? When we were all basking in the glory of a title-winning campaign, looking forward to Daniel Farke and his charges pitting their wits against the best teams in the country and having another crack at the Premier League?

If talk of a great escape a few weeks back seemed fanciful, it feels futile after a defeat at Molineux where City’s spirit looked to have sapped away.

A few days may have passed since Norwich came away with nothing from another terrific performance versus one of the Premier League’s elite, but a sense of disappointment is still niggling away at me.

After watching City play Newcastle off the park in August, it would have been hard to believe Steve Bruce’s side would be 13 points better off the next time the sides were to meet.

For Norwich City fans of a certain era, the FA Cup has provided some special, if not bittersweet memories.

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