It had been a poor season in the league for Coventry City but they had something to smile about.
The Sky Blues sat 17th in League One, just three points off the relegation zone with six matches left.
The league was on the back-burner, however, as they made it to the Checkatrade Trophy, which also marked their first-ever visit to Wembley Stadium.
Mark Robins took his side to the national stadium on April 2, 201,5 looking to lift their first trophy in 30 years.
And thanks to goals from Gael Bigirimana and George Thomas, they saw off a late Oxford United fightback to win the EFL Trophy for the first time in their history.
THE SKY BLUES WIN THE CHECKATRADE TROPHY! pic.twitter.com/7jbpSFKahB
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) April 2, 2017
The cup run certainly allowed the club’s supporters to forget their shortcomings in the league campaign and win silverware for the first time in three decades.
And the result was received in phenomenal fashion by the Coventry fans.
well done to the lads today very proud of the performance
— George Avery (@georgeaver) April 2, 2017
What a game!!! Loved every minute of it
— San (@sandeep_2b) April 2, 2017
Thank you for the proudest day of my life
— AJ (@covaj18) April 2, 2017
might not be the best trophy in the world but seeing my club play at Wembley in front of 43000 priceless
— guvnor (@Alexhumphries21) April 2, 2017
The cup victory was thought to be a catalyst for a push away from the League One drop zone.
With Coventry’s cup exploits and progression signalling a potential Wembley appearance, the focus was on that – a competition they were doing well in.
You couldn’t blame the players too much wanting to focus on a tournament they were excelling in.
The league was put on the back-burner, and that paid dividends in winning the competition.
But the ideology that it would propel them to safety was misguided and naive.
A run of two wins in their final six matches saw them pick up just 7 points from a possible 18.
Three matches after their final triumph, a 1-1 draw at home to Charlton amidst protests against the owners, their fate was sealed.
Relegation to League Two was confirmed.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) April 14, 2017
It was a bittersweet season with success in one completition but failure in their bread and butter that is the league.
Relegation was a byproduct of their cup success with the majority of their energy and focus on that the further they progressed on their way to Wembley triumph.
The euphoria of cup success was nothing more than a consolation to the realisation of fourth-tier football after an awful league campaign.