Losing to a late winner against Arsenal was sickening enough, but City managed to take things to a whole new level of nausea by conceding two late goals to lose at doomed, potless Portsmouth.
Twice the Tigers led, with the unlikely figure of Caleb Folan diverting in a Craig Fagan cross in the first half and then scoring what seemed a vital second on 73 minutes after Portsmouth had equalised through Tommy Smith.
But despite there being seemingly little danger from the financially-suspect home side, Jamie O’Hara swung in an unstoppable free kick on 88 minutes and then sub Kanu poked home from close range a minute later to rob the points from City.
There was some optimism in the performance for new manager Iain Dowie in front of 1,100 members of the Tiger Nation, but results elsewhere weren’t ideal, City still haven’t won away and hopes of staying in the top tier have taken another blow. Disbelieving, tear-stained match report later.