The Carling Cup has given us some of our best memories as fans over the last 12 years. Having won the trophy in 1999 and 2008 and having reached the final on two other occasions, this represented our best chance of a trophy for many years.
Last night we went out at what was for Spurs the first hurdle for the second year in a row and although this was a stronger side than the one that took on PAOK last week, it was still weaker on paper than our opponents.
There were, of course, many positives and Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll seem to be growing in stature with every game they play. It is also good in many ways that we have other things to concentrate on besides this trophy.
However, when you remember the incredible final against Chelsea in 2008 and the 5-1 semi final wins over Arsenal and Chelsea again, it seems sad that we won’t see a repeat of those for some time to come.
So we’re out of the Carling Cup, but do we really care?