Cork's Idah wants more hat-trick heroics in Premier League

Cork's Idah wants more hat-trick heroics in Premier League
Norwich City's Adam Idah shakes hands with manager Daniel Farke after his substitution during the FA Cup third round match at Deepdale, Preston. P

CORK teenager Adam Idah is targeting more Premier League action after his hat-trick fired Norwich into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

A 4-2 win over Preston at Deepdale saw Norwich clear the first hurdle in this competition for the first time since 2013 but of more significance could be the emergence of a homegrown goalscorer as they continue to battle the drop.

Idah, on only his second Norwich start after making his Premier League debut as a substitute on New Year's Day, belied his lack of experience with a well-taken hat-trick, having also played a role in Onel Hernandez's strike.

"It's a great start to the year for me, I'm over the moon to get a hat-trick," Idah said. "Even to start the game was unbelievable."

Idah opened the scoring inside 84 seconds, saw a shot parried before Hernandez made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, and had Norwich 3-0 up before the break as he fired into an open goal from distance.

After Billy Bodin pulled one back for Preston, Idah completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being felled by goalkeeper Connor Ripley, with Josh Harrop completing the scoring late on.

Idah added: "To get an early goal was unbelievable, it brings up my confidence and then to get another two goals was great for me.

Norwich City's Adam Idah scores his side's fourth goal of the game from the penalty spot, completing his hat-trick during the FA Cup third round match at Deepdale, Preston.
Norwich City's Adam Idah scores his side's fourth goal of the game from the penalty spot, completing his hat-trick during the FA Cup third round match at Deepdale, Preston.

"I think Todd Cantwell was put on penalties but to be fair Todd let me take it."

Norwich's priorities lay elsewhere with the club still bottom of the Premier League, some seven points from safety.

With Teemu Pukki an injury doubt and Manchester United up next, Idah is hoping to have made a case for more involvement.

"That's what I'm working towards and if I get more opportunities I'll take them," he said.

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