After Norwich City were held to a 1-1 draw by an impressive Bristol City side, Samuel Seaman delivers six things you might have missed from Carrow Road.

1 - Spreading the goals around

It may feel like the Canaries' charge to play-off qualification favourites has come purely courtesy of Josh Sargent, one of their strengths this season has been the ability to score from all areas of the squad.

They already had seven players over the five-goal mark going into the Robins' visit - two more than in their 2019 Championship title win and four more than 2021 - and Borja Sainz's equalising goal highlighted his status as another goalscoring threat in David Wagner's side.

With second-top goalscorer Jonathan Rowe set to return to starting contention this week and an exciting attacking quartet continuing to produce, Norwich shouldn't have to worry about where their goals will come from for the remainder of the campaign.

Eastern Daily Press: The Canaries have scored from a variety of sources this seasonThe Canaries have scored from a variety of sources this season (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

2 - Kenny off colour

With voting closed but the discussion still open about City's player of the season award, there's no doubting Kenny McLean's chances of winning the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy.

He's been heralded for his incredibly consistent term in a variety of roles, but five days after supporters' final selections were made he struggled to live up to the reputation that has him in the favourite spot.

Bristol's high press left him flustered at the best of times and dispossessed at the worst, impeding his ability to turn and play progressive passes as a key cog in Liam Manning's effective game plan.

When he did get the chance to try and create it was with low-percentage long balls to Jack Stacey, the difficulty of which meant they rarely came off and regularly left an anxious home crowd irritated.

McLean's track record suggests he'll bounce back quickly, but this was an afternoon to forget in his season to remember.

Eastern Daily Press: Kenny McLean had an afternoon to forgetKenny McLean had an afternoon to forget (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

3 - Watching brief

It’s rare that Norwich fans have the opportunity to put their feet up and watch the drama of the Championship play-off race unfold, but this week consists of exactly that.

It won’t have escaped the collective yellow and green attention that Hull and Coventry, their two main play-off rivals, meet at the CBS Arena on Wednesday, with all possible results advantageous in one way or another.

A draw would mean qualification could be secured with a win against Swansea on Saturday, putting a rather different spin on two dropped points that felt very disappointing on the final whistle in NR1. 

4 - Repeating the trick

It’s now been three games without a set-piece goal for for City - a barren run by their exceptional standards immediately after the international break.

While other areas have become useful avenues for success in the last two weeks, however, a focus on innovative and well-rehearsed routines has remained at the Lotus Training Centre.

One corner that almost payed dividends included a play supporters will recognise from when Gabriel Sara opened the scoring with it against Leicester on Easter Monday, darting to the near post and attempting to flick beyond the goalkeeper.

He very nearly completed the task once more in the second half, but couldn’t make the same contact he did at the King Power.

Eastern Daily Press: Gabriel Sara almost scored a carbon copy of his goal against Leicester on Easter MondayGabriel Sara almost scored a carbon copy of his goal against Leicester on Easter Monday (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd)

5 - Sydney's slim pickings

Although Wagner continues to promise opportunities for January signing Sydney van Hooijdonk, his rejections of the striker are becoming increasingly overt.

He may have earned a token appearance in the 1-0 win over Preston nine days ago, but there’s clearly no room for the Dutchman in genuine tactical changes.

Once more he was eschewed in favour of Christian Fassnacht and Jonathan Rowe, with Ashley Barnes' withdrawal incurring the introduction of Jacob Sorensen and a complex reshuffle rather than van Hooijdonk's natural replacement.

The Bologna loanee will have to do something miraculous for his spell at the club to be remembered as anything but a failure, and this was the latest in a series of miserable weekends that have become routine for him.

Eastern Daily Press: Sydney van Hooijdonk has barely played for NorwichSydney van Hooijdonk has barely played for Norwich (Image: Daniel Hambury/Focus Images Ltd)

6 - Options to play with

Speaking of that Sorensen introduction, another positive going into the final two games and potentially more is the increase in options available to Wagner.

The Dane’s return increases City’s depth at the back, as will captain Grant Hanley’s when he’s reintegrated with the first team group this week, with Rowe expected to be in contention to start for Swansea’s visit.

Given the number of injury issues he’s had to contend with in that department this season, the Norwich boss will see their easing as a major plus in his bid for promotion.