Cup setback was nothing new for Norwich City
Norwich City's humiliating home defeat at the hands of the MK Dons on Tuesday evening was the latest in a long line of cup disappointments for supporters since the turn of the century.
For a club once famed for their exploits in knock-out competitions the Canaries' record over the past 12 seasons has been distinctly ordinary.
They have won just 16 of their 44 matches in the League and FA Cups, while never getting through more than two rounds of either competition. Excitement in the league might have come thick and fast since the dawn of a new Millennium, but runs through to the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2003 and 2007 have provided the only real excitement in knock-out action.
In eight of the remaining nine years City have bowed out at the first hurdle, with their one victory coming in 2009 against the minnows of Paulton Rovers, when they were obliged to enter the competition at the first round stage.
Wins have been rather more common in the Carling Cup, and its various predecessors – Tuesday's defeat was only City's second immediate exit in eight seasons – but success against minnows has invariably been followed by a disappointing setback.
They have got through two rounds on only four occasions, the last time being in 2007 when they beat Barnet and Rochdale (on penalties) before losing 1-0 at Manchester City.
Overall City have won 11 League Cup ties over the course of 12 seasons – and just five FA Cup ties in 11 seasons.
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City's last genuine cup run came during the 1995-96 season when they reached the quarter-finals of the old Coca Cola Cup before losing 2-1 at Birmingham in a replay.
• NORWICH CITY'S RECENT RECORD IN MAJOR CUPS
League Cup: Bournemouth (a) 2-1; Blackpool (h) 3-3; Blackpool (a) 5-0; Derby (a) 0-3.
FA Cup: Sheffield Wed (a) 1-2.
League Cup: Brentford (a) 0-1.
FA Cup: Chelsea (h) 0-0; Chelsea (a) 0-4.
League Cup: Cheltenham (h) 0-3
FA Cup: Brighton (h) 3-1; Dagenham and Redbridge (h) 1-0; Southampton (a) 0-2.
League Cup: Northampton (a) 0-1.
FA Cup: Everton (a) 1-3.
League Cup: Bristol Rovers (h) 1-0; Newcastle (a) 1-2.
FA Cup: West Ham (a) 0-1.
League Cup: MK Dons (a) 1-0; Northampton (h) 2-0; Birmingham (a) 1-2.
FA Cup: West Ham (h) 1-2.
League Cup: Torquay (a) 2-0; Rotherham (a) 4-2; Port Vale (a) 0-0, lost on pens.
FA Cup: Tamworth (a) 4-1; Blackpool (a) 1-1; Blackpool (h) 3-2; Chelsea (a) 0-4.
League Cup: Barnet (h) 5-2; Rochdale (a) 1-1, won on pens; Manchester City (a) 0-1.
FA Cup: Bury (h) 1-1; Bury (a) 1-2.
League Cup: MK Dons (a) 0-1.
FA Cup: Charlton (a) 1-1; Charlton (h) 0-1.
League Cup: Yeovil (a) 4-0; Sunderland (h) 1-4.
FA Cup: Paulton (a) 7-0; Carlisle (a) 1-3.
League Cup: Gillingham (h) 4-1; Blackburn (a) 1-3.
FA Cup: Leyton Orient (h) 0-1.
League Cup: MK Dons (h) 0-4.
(City's scores first)