Cruel fate has snuffed out the Canaries.
Norwich City were staring down the barrel of relegation with only their manage Daniel Farke between them and the cannonball.
They’ve picked up praise for how they’ve played this season and the nous of sporting director Stuart Webber, but when it matters now City haven’t been able to deliver.
The FA Cup quarter final against Manchester United was the last throw of the dice for the side, who came up agonisingly short.
United’s surprise package Odion Ighalo opened the scoring first as he continued his own fairytale story, but then Farke’s unpolished gems hit back as Emiliano Buenda fed Todd Cantwell for the equaliser.
This took Norwich to extra time and the knowledge that it was all up for grabs. If relegation was nailed on, at least the fans could look forward to a semi-final and dream of FA Cup glory.
No Silver Lining
The story of the Canaries has been laced with disappointment. Time and time again they show heaps of promise and little results, and so history would repeat itself again as Harry Maguire - the Slabhead - scored in extra time to send the Red Devils through.
It will hurt for Norwich and for the neutral, who’d love to see someone other than City or United or the usual suspects lift the FA Cup. We’re sold on its ability to turn paupers into kings, just for the day, but that sort of transformation happens less and less these days.
Just look at the two squads. Farke called on Ondrej Duda, Tom Trybull and Adam Idah to try and turn the game his way. United could bring on Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford.
The disparity is enormous.
With such a gulf in class between the two sides, maybe the fairytale isn’t beating them, not anymore. Maybe we’re at a stage where the fairytale is that Norwich went toe-to-toe with a sleeping giant for over 100 minutes and nearly came up the better side.
Isn’t that sad?