Everything had started so positively in the opening 20 minutes for the Canaries last night. And it wasn't a bad last ten minutes or so either, to be fair.
Trouble is, the hour in between saw them fall asleep, take their foot off the gas and slip back into sloppy mode.
But while City boss Glenn Roeder was absolutely correct to stress the point afterwards that the reality of anyone being a tad disappointed with the result merely highlights once again just how far the Canaries have come in recent months, it doesn't alter the fact that two points escaped City's grasp last night.
A share of the spoils seemed a highly unlikely eventuality at the start of the game though.
Clearly in buoyant mood following their excellent victory in Cardiff at the weekend, Norwich came out of the traps strongly and with real purpose.
Their one touch passing was particularly impressive and the focal point of the vast majority of their attacks happened down the right hand side.
Lee Croft was having a field day against the hapless Henrik Pederson at stand-in full-back, and each time either he or Matthew Bates received the ball out wide it invariably resulted with a decent end product being delivered into the Hull penalty area.
Indeed, the visitors were so vulnerable on that side of the pitch that you couldn't fail to see how City would not eventually profit, and on 18 minutes so it transpired.
Dion Dublin's excellent looping header opened the scoring and, you might have been forgiven for thinking, so would the floodgates.
Ten minutes later, and after another couple of decent chances it was the visitors that had gradually turned the balance of play in their favour.
It became a frustrating evening from thereon in for the vast majority of another sell-out crowd.
The second-half started how the first had ended, with Phil Brown's men taking the game to the Canaries and City breathing a sigh of relief on a couple of occasions after narrow escapes.
But even when Frazier Campbell outpaced the City rearguard and toe-poked the ball under the otherwise solid David Marshall in goal, it didn't kick-start the Canaries back into life.
Croft, a thorn in the side of the visitors in the opening half was now being starved of the ball in the same manner as debut boy Kieran Gibbs had been virtually all evening until he was eventually substituted, and as spaces stared to appear on the pitch as a few legs and minds became weary, if a third goal was going to arrive you sensed that it would only be heading in the visitors direction.
Credit to City they did finish the game strongly, but unlike at Ninian Park another fairy-tale finish wasn't forthcoming this time around.
Roeder will still have seen plenty of things to be pleased with from his side last night without a doubt.
The performances of Gary Doherty and Jason Shackell at the back were impressive enough once again. True there was the occasional mishap, but only two goals conceded in the last four games would suggest that they, along with Marshall in goal are doing most things right.
Darel Russell and Mark Fotheringham's partnership in the middle of the park continues to flourish, as although there were periods of the game whereby they found themselves outnumbered in central areas, whenever a crunching tackle was required there was usually one forthcoming.
And in attack, Croft demonstrated once again why Darren Huckerby has to be content with a place on the bench at best these days, and ? until the cumulative effects of four games in fourteen days began to take its toll – Dion Dublin was as good as anyone on the pitch.
But the City boss will also realise that it has to be better over the course of the 90 minutes from his side if they are to ultimately live the dream of making the play-offs and complete what would be one of the biggest turnarounds of a team's fortunes for many a year.
Thirteen games unbeaten speaks for itself, and is indeed a far cry from the dark days of games like Plymouth away, for example, when the Canaries had rushed shame-faced back to their dressing room after delivering a completely inexcusable performance.
But the very fact that we now know what City are all about these days, tells us that last night wasn't one of their better performances.