Tony Mowbray selected a new look front four against Huddersfield Town at the weekend and was impressed with the link-up play going forward.
Both Lewis Holtby - starting for the first time - and Bradley Dack registered a goal and an assist each against The Terriers in an encouraging first half display in particular.
Adam Armstrong led the line up top, whilst Stewart Downing lined up in midfield for Mowbray's men.
And speaking afterwards, Mowbray was content with what he saw of his team's attacking qualities and ball retention.
“My belief is if you control football matches you’ve got a better chance of winning more games," he admitted after the encounter.
“If you keep playing direct long balls, you’re basically giving the ball away 50% of the time and I want us to control games more.
“I want us to feel as if we’re playing in the opposition half more and creating more chances, but it’s not something I can just flick a switch and make happen over night.
“We have to infiltrate gradually Lewis Holtby into the team, Bradley Dack has a slightly different job and he’s not just looking for knock-downs off Danny Graham all the time, he has to come and play.
“Stewart Downing has to know when to be inside and when he has to stand on the touchline, Adam Armstrong has to know when he has to come to the ball and run over the top with the speed that he’s got.
“It takes time to build it all up in training and create the patterns so that they have a greater understanding and recognition of how we’re going to play and what we’re going to do," he added.
“It’s the way I believe you get consistency. If you retain the ball and you’ve got clever players around the box, you can create chances and you can score goals.
“In my view, the longer-term success of the club will depend on if we can get enough good players who can dominate games for longer, because the teams who win leagues are the teams who, every week home and away, dominate and pick the right pass, and I’ve been trying to bring in better footballers to do that.”