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“The Academy shows remarkable quality” – players and media react to cup progress

6 January 2020

Following Saturday's 4-2 FA Cup third round win at Preston North End, much of the attention was understandably on hat-trick hero Adam Idah.

Actor Stephen Fry, however, was keen to highlight the consistent quality of players Norwich City's Academy has produced in recent years.

Most of the reactions to Idah's hat-trick, as reactions often tend to, came after the fact, but City defender Ben Godfrey saw it coming a mile off!

Safe to say the man himself was thrilled with his work on Saturday evening!

Todd Cantwell was another Academy graduate keen to compliment his fellow forward.

A couple of former Canary Darrens also got in on the act!

And now for the most reserved tweet of the lot...

It wasn't just on Twitter where the Irishman was receiving praise for his performance, with members of the national and local press picking up on his goalscoring exploits as well.

Mantej Mann, BBC Sport

“Pukki is the club's leading scorer this season with nine goals, but 18-year-old Idah proved he is a more than capable replacement with an impressive performance at Deepdale. His second, a first-time effort from long range after Ripley's loose pass, was the sign of a confident striker intent on making his mark.”

Ross Heppenstall, The Mail on Sunday

“With both teams making wholesale changes and a flat atmosphere inside Deepdale - the crowd was 7,616, just over half their average league gate - there was not much FA Cup magic here. Idah wrote his own fairytale, though, by displaying the kind of ruthless finishing that Norwich need if they are to defy the odds and beat the drop in the coming months.”

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Paddy Davitt, PinkUn

“There was a joyous freedom of expression and attacking verve encapsulated in Idah's performance that spanned City's general output at Deepdale. There is nothing stagnant or end of an era about watching such a fresh-faced powerhouse of a striker starting to deliver on all that promise and goalscoring pedigree at junior level.”


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