This wasn’t the first Carrow Road disaster for Carl Ikeme.
Those with decent recall will remember a 5-2 defeat in 2008 when our number one (then number two) dropped the ball into his own net and suffered a torrid evening as Wolves slumped to a rare defeat on their way to winning the title.
The key difference is that yesterday our goalie wasn’t to blame. Wes Hoolahan dived, plain and simple.
You only have to see it back once to observe he was halfway to the ground before making any sort of contact with Ikeme.
And whatever Paul Lambert wants to say about slow starts that was the pivotal moment that took this game away from us.
Yes, Wolves were sluggish and Norwich could have scored two or three before Helder Costa drew us level from the spot.
But with 15 minutes left, they hadn’t taken those chances, Wolves had woken up and were arguably the more likely to make the telling breakthrough.
None of this is to say on the overall balance of play Norwich didn’t merit the three points, just that the key decision went against us and that shouldn’t have been the case.
With all three substitutions used up by the 75 minute mark (quite unusual) Matt Doherty performed manfully between the sticks.
And he in particular was unfortunate to be on the losing side having defended well all afternoon and dragged his team back into the game with a wonderful run for a more obvious spot kick award.
The Portuguese contingent certainly know how to take a penalty. All three have been buried in the side netting or top corner. Long may that continue.
Sadly, in open play our better attacking players didn’t really fire. Mason, Costa, Bodvarsson and Cavaleiro in particular were all well below their usual standard.
Similarly Dicko and Enobakhare found it a struggle to get into the game after coming off the bench. Andreas Weimann did marginally better in a lively second half debut.
So an under par performance that could so easily have merited an unlikely result ahead of next weekend’s trip to Anfield.
Instead, we make the journey to Liverpool (pending appeal) without the man who played the biggest role in getting us there.
And that is most disappointing aspect of all.