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Idah 'Over The Moon' And Unlikely To Go On Loan After FA Cup Hat-Trick

Idah 'Over The Moon' And Unlikely To Go On Loan After FA Cup Hat-Trick

In a good day for Irish players in FA Cup action, 18-year-old Adam Idah was the star.

The Norwich striker scored a hat-trick as his side beat Preston 4-2 at Deepdale.

The Cork teenager opened the scoring after just three minutes and then added a second from 35 yards after a mistake from the Preston keeper.

"Obviously it's a great start to the year for me, just over the moon really to get a hat-trick," Idah told The Pink Un after the game.

"To get an early goal was unbelievable and brings up my confidence, to get off the mark and get another two goals is great for me."

Idah's hat-trick was completed from the penalty spot with 30 minutes to play.

"Todd Cantwell was put on penalties tonight but to be fair to Todd he let me take it to get the hat-trick, so I was just delighted," said Idah.

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There is a bit of pressure but I've taken penalties all my life so I had to just put the pressure behind me and it was good to score.

The opportunity to start the game came due to injuries to others. Namely, Teemu Pukki, Dennis Srbeny and Josip Drmic.

Idah had been expected to go out on loan prior to the mini injury crisis. After Saturday's performance, that now seems unlikely.

"Maybe I send Teemu Pukki out on loan," Norwich manager Daniel Farke said after the game.

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"There is no need for an emergency situation. We are in the driving seat. If he (Idah) is scoring goals for us we won't be loaning out our best players. He has a long term contract so there is no urgency on our part.

"It will be a bit difficult to keep him a secret now. That is for sure. He deserves to be in the spotlight a bit.

"We back young players as a club but there are no gifts. They only come to the pitch when they are ready.

"Okay, we had a few injuries but Adam is prepared to deliver and he grabbed his chance with both hands. Not just his goals, but how he kept the ball and linked the play and worked for the team."

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