Chris Hughton used last Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with Peterborough United as a platform for squad players to stretch their legs and impress the City boss.
For most of them, it was a routine run-out against our hopeless A47 neighbours (if over-crowded, two-hour train journeys can be described as neighbourly) but two players will have caught the eye of Hughton and made genuine claims for a start in the Premier League.
In my first column this season, I predicted a breakthrough year for winger Elliott Bennett, following a great run of performances at the tailend of 2011/12.
Unfortunately for the former Brighton man, new-boy Robert Snodgrass has been one of our key figures playing on the right wing and Bennett hasn’t had a look in.
Last week, Bennett was deployed in unfamiliar territory — behind striker Simeon Jackson in the hole where Wes Hoolahan has sparkled.
Aside from his opening goal, Bennett showed vision and awareness to bring others around him into the game and injected some creativity in the final third.
Behind him in central midfield, it was no surprise to City fans to see David Fox dictate the game.
Despite our recent record-breaking unbeaten run, many Canary fans have been disappointed by the omission of Fox who has been virtually outcast by Hughton.
The City manager has stuck rigidly to his two holding midfielders and you can’t argue with the results, but I’d like to see Fox get a run in the side.
The Manchester United academy graduate isn’t flashy, has little pace and isn’t the best tackler, but makes up for it with his calm, controlled influence from the middle of the park. Fox is neat on the ball, keeps things ticking along and rarely gives the ball away. His reading of the game and vision to set things up for attacking players is something we have lacked in recent weeks.