Norwich breezed past Championship side Preston to progress to the fourth round of the FA cup for the first time since 2013, thanks to a hat-trick from eighteen year old Adam Idah.
It took just 90 seconds for the academy graduate to net his first goal in yellow green, as he coolly fired past Connor Ripley after a delightful through ball from Marco Steipermann.
The second came soon after, this time it was Onel Hernandez. Admittedly, the Preston shot stopper didn’t have his best afternoon and his string of mistakes started with him failing to save a driven shot from the edge of the box by Hernandez. It should have been a simple save but the ball ended nestled in the Preston net.
The pick of the bunch came next through young Irishman Idah. Ripley raced out of his box to intercept an attempted pass by Steipermann but the ball fell to to feet of Idah who didn’t need a second invitation to shoot. He shot perfectly into the empty not from 40 yards.
Preston got one back early in the second half but Norwich restored their three goal cushion thanks to an Idah penalty, which he won, to grab his hat-trick.
Preston got their second late on with a neat finish but Norwich weren’t troubled much late on.
Michael McGovern - 6
He smashed the ball up field instead of playing the short pass to his centre backs but did make a few crucial saves throughout the match. He’s proving himself to be a very good second choice keeper to Ralf Fahrmann.
Sam Byram - 7
Played in his preferred position of right-back a but didn’t show his best football yesterday. He had all the space he wanted on the right-hand side but failed to exploit to the quality he would have liked. Defensively he wasn’t tested to the full
Ibrahim Amadou - 7
The Frenchman was good with his feet and started most of Norwich’s attacks but wasn’t great defensively.
Christoph Zimmermann - 7
Amadou started the attacks while Zimmermann was the chief defender and he did his job well, but did have a few lapses in concentration. A good game for him to get back to his best ahead of the Canaries survival fight.
Jamal Lewis - 7
Won a tasty battle with Darnell Fisher and was back to his best going forward. Wasn’t afraid to shoot but didn’t test Ripley. Defensively, he wasn’t tested much but was flawless when he was.
Tom Trybull - 9
He ran the show from midfield. The German did long and short range passing perfectly all game and was crucial to City going forward and defensively. It was the perfect defensive midfielders performance.
Mo Leitner - 7
Added composure and quality to the midfield with his quick pinpoint passing which helped get past the lacklustre Preston defence.
Onel Herandez - 7
Lucky to score with his driven shot into the bottom corner but exploited the channels and used his pace well.
Marco Steipermann - 8
Poked the ball through two defenders for Idah’s opener after just 90 seconds. Throughout the game he linked up well and connected the wide players and the striker – something he’s struggled with recently.
Todd Cantwell - 7
He was lively and quick all game. The defenders didn’t have a second on the ball and although he didn’t get any assists or goals, it was a decent performance from the breakout star.
Adam Idah - 10
It wasn’t just the three goals that got him the 10. It was his all round play which was brilliant. He was quick and strong and wasn’t afraid to drop deep to support his team. The perfect strikers performance.