While last weekend’s defeat against Sunderland was by no means a fatal blow to Norwich City’s survival chances, it’s impossible to hide from the fact relegation is now a very real prospect.
Even nearly a week on from the game, I’m struggling to find the right emotion but I think the overriding feeling is one of disappointment at a missed opportunity.
After beating Newcastle, we gave ourselves a real platform, an opportunity to build on, and it’s so frustrating to have failed to capitalise on that.
A cagey defeat at Crystal Palace is one you can take but to produce a no-show like last Saturday was so disheartening.
Knowing City as we do, no-one should have expected an easy ride, but making things as easy as we did for Sam Allardyce’s men was unacceptable.
I wrote last week about the need to keep Jermain Defoe quiet and to say we failed to do so would be a massive understatement.
Even at 33-years-old the striker was able to terrorise City’s defence, who so clearly missed Timm Klose, with his pace and movement.
In the cold light of day, having a 15-goal a season striker like Defoe can make all the difference and if Alex Neil could rewind the clock, it would be something he would desperately look to address.
The other major concern is the absence of Klose, who if you listen to Neil will be lucky to play again this season. Without him, our defense seemed to fall apart.
How many times do we have to talk about individual errors this season? Andre Wisdom with a stupid challenge, Sebastien Bassong dwelling on the ball - mistakes that all but gifted the Black Cats three points.
That said, there is still time. All we can do is dust ourselves down and go again.