We actually competed with Norwich for the first half hour, but once they got ahead through a rifled shot from Jonny Howson that David Forde got his hands to but could not keep it out we were swept aside with an ease that was painful to watch.

Skipper Alan Dunne was slower than Cameron Jerome in getting to the ball and in so doing fouled the Norwich player when he was going away from goal in the corner of the area by the byline.

With the penalty converted putting us 2-0 down you knew the game was well and truly out of our reach. The second half was an absolute disgrace.

The midfielders were absent and Norwich pulled our defence apart with ease. It was men against boys out on the pitch and despite the consolation of Lee Gregory converting a soft looking penalty to make it 4-1, the final whistle could not come soon enough.

Similarly the end of the season cannot come soon enough either now. We are now in the period of our worst home form in our 130-year history with no wins in our last 12 home matches.

We are all but relegated and must look to next season in League One.

Some supporters have suggested we stop playing the loan players and only play ours to prepare them for the drop. Others say we should play our youngsters to give them experience.

The right answer is probably a mixture of the two. The manager should decide how much we are benefitting from each loan player and then put a youngster or two in here and there.

Our long term aim for League One must be to construct a team with a blend of ages but built around a core of young players, preferably from our own youth team.

We have a number of promising youngsters but we can’t blood them en mass in the first game of next season.

Next match: Bolton v Millwall, March 14, 3pm.