Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
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Conor Coady sends message on Instagram after making 300th club appearance in FA Cup defeat to Norwich

Wolves have crashed out of the FA Cup after a hugely disappointing defeat to Norwich City.

Wanderers succumbed to their first loss of the calendar year, with Kenny McLean grabbing the game’s only goal at Molineux.

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It was a really disappointing performance from Wolves following a much needed winter break.

Bruno Lage’s side were seriously poor in the first-half, failing to manage a single shot on target.

The Canaries carried a much bigger threat, with Adam Idah working John Ruddy on a couple of occasions before the visitors got their goal just before half-time.

Billy Gilmour crossed in and McLean flicked his header into the far corner.

Wolves improved slightly after the break. Nelson Semedo created some chances and Daniel Podence hit the post.

But there was to be no comeback, and Wolves have exited the competition a stage earlier than last season

It was a hugely disappointing day, and absolutely not the result captain Conor Coady was hoping for.

The 28-year-old was making his 300th appearance for the club, and he said on Instagram afterwards: “Nowhere near the level we’ve set in previous weeks, a lot to improve and learn from this week for all of us.

“On a personal note to represent this football club 300 times is something that fills me with enormous pride, hopefully plenty more and we keep making our great club better.”

Wolves must recover quickly after insipid display against Norwich

This was a fantastic chance to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Yes Norwich have been somewhat galvanised by the arrival of Dean Smith.

But the Canaries were not at full strength and have also had problems scoring goals this season.

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It could be that the winter break actually disrupted Wolves’ momentum.

It was undoubtedly a missed opportunity for Wanderers, who must now dust themselves down ahead of a challenging run of league fixtures.

There’s no doubt Coady will play his part in picking people up this week ahead of the game with Arsenal.