He might have taken his penalty like a seasoned veteran in Wednesday night’s FA Cup shootout at Tottenham Hotspur, but Adam Idah had never been in that kind of environment.
“That’s the biggest shootout I’ve been in,” he said, speaking to canaries.co.uk after the game. “When I saw my name on the paper, I thought ‘I just have to be confident’ and I was. I wasn’t nervous because I’ve been through it all before. To score the penalty was unbelievable.
“It’s a bit nerve-wracking but it’s part of football and you just have to deal with it. It’s something I’ve dreamt of since I was a young kid so there was a bit of pressure there, but it was good.
“I’ve been practicing penalties after training all the time so it’s good to pull it off.”
The Norwich City Academy product was keen to highlight the invaluable contributions of teammates Tim Krul and Josip Drmic in the Canaries’ progress to the quarter finals.
“Everyone’s over the moon and buzzing,” he added. “It was a great way to finish the game and the boys dug in deep. Congrats to Josip for getting his goal. That got us into extra-time, and everyone fought hard before doing well on the penalties.
“Tim has been unbelievable this season, making all those saves. I don’t know how many penalties he’s saved now, but he’s been a credit to us and helped us a lot this season. Fair play to him to save those two penalties, it was great.”
Much has been made of the full away allocation that City took to North London, and it was that volume of backing and support that got the lads over the line, Idah says.
“It was really special. The fans were great to us and it was like having the twelfth man on the pitch. For 9,000 people to travel all this way, it’s a great feeling to get the win for them.
“We’ll recover, prepare for the quarter finals and hopefully keep the run going.”