It doesn’t matter who you are playing, it is always nice to win a football match.
It is true to say that Peterborough United didn’t put up much of a fight on Saturday, but you still have to beat what is in front of you, and Norwich can be happy with their victory. After all, winning is not such an easy task when you’re on a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats.
But the Canaries put on a very professional show against their lower league opposition, and 3-0 was the least they deserved. Therefore, let’s have a brief and joyous look back at the game and focus on some of the things that we learnt.
So, grab a drink and a snack and enjoy my latest slideshow.
In games like this, it is always a mystery to see if players will grab ahold of their opportunity. Now, there are obviously some players closer to the first-team than others are, but three players that are on the fringes of things were there to remind Chris Hughton about the qualities that they all have.
David Fox was very composed in possession and provided a glorious assist for Simeon Jackson’s goal while Elliott Bennett worked tirelessly in the second striker's role. I thought Bennett’s all-round game was superb, and his goal capped things off nicely. In fact, I would like to see him rewarded with another start against Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Jackson’s performance suggests that he could play the lone striker role, with Wes Hoolahan loitering in behind. This is especially relevant with both Grant Holt and Steve Morison currently struggling with injuries.
What is clear though is that all three players took advanatge of their opportunity to impress.
The cup games always offer an opportunity to see how much depth there is on each squad because Premier League clubs typically use a weakened side. Therefore, it was very pleasing that the Canaries were able to win the game so comfortably.
With the transfer window open, there is a lot of talk suggesting that Norwich need a new striker. Now, I don’t totally disagree with this thinking, but I do think that the Canaries need to add to the squad at various positions, rather than just making one move at striker.
Simon Lappin and Leon Barnett are players that are certainly not good enough for the Premier League, while Elliott Ward doesn’t currently have a league squad number, so he is certain to leave during the window. There are others as well, like Marc Tierney, that might lack the required quality to play in the league on any sort of regular basis.
There is a certain calmness about watching Declan Rudd in goal, and I don’t ever recall seeing anything alarming from him. That being said, I am glad that the club has an experienced goalkeeper like Mark Bunn around the place while John Ruddy remains injured.
I think the club needs to be careful when managing our young goalkeepers because, sooner or later, Rudd and Steer will demand to be playing games. Now given that, Bunn hasn’t exactly been faultless, and it might be a good idea to give Rudd a go for a game or two.
Rudd is on the verge of turning 22 and is getting to a crucial point in his career: next season he will need a squad member if he is to be available for Premier League games. Therefore, Chris Hughton should decide if the player is good enough to remain at this level or not.
I personally think that the period between now and March is the ideal time to get some league experience into him because Rudd will not be available for selection due to injury. But this is the manager’s call, and he might think that Rudd lacks the quality to succeed at this level.
One of the few regulars getting a run-out against Peterborough United was Robert Snodgrass, and he again proved to make a telling contribution. First, he laid on the opening goal for Elliott Bennett and then secured the victory with a third in the second half.
I have been nothing but impressed with the qualities that the player has shown since he came through the door in the summer. However, I think he has progressed immensely during the course of the season.
The thing is now that when Norwich score, he is usually either the scorer or the provider of the assit. Therefore, he has become a vital part of team. This is especially true with his excellent set piece delivery, meaning that the Snodgrass delivery is always a threat.