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Adam Idah nets first league goal for City in opening day win at Huddersfield

12 September 2020

Adam Idah netted his first league goal for Norwich City as the Canaries began the season with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The Yellows created the better chances throughout, but needed the clinical finishing of Idah off the bench, following some unselfish work from Teemu Pukki, to breakdown a stubborn home defence.  

Head coach Daniel Farke made nine changes from the side that lost to Luton Town in the Carabao Cup last time out. Only Christoph Zimmerman and Kieran Dowell kept their place in the starting XI, while there were debuts for Xavi Quintillà and Oliver Skipp in a City shirt.

For Huddersfield there was a debut for their new Spanish right-back Pipa, while former Canary Alex Pritchard lined-up against his old side in midfield.  

In a first half of very few chances it was the hosts who went close early on as a short-corner routine found Josh Koroma in space on the edge of the box, but his cross-shot fell at the feet of Richard Stearman who couldn’t sort his feet out quickly enough to get a telling effort on target.

Norwich then had a penalty appeal turned down after 12 minutes as Quintilla’s free-kick into the box was headed towards goal where the arm of Juninho Bacuna blocked the effort.

Quintilla’s delivery into the box continued to cause problems for Huddersfield  as Dowell, who netted on his debut last week, connected with a near post corner but had his effort blocked by a home defender.

Onel Hernandez, on the counter, then got Norwich’s first effort on target as he raced across the box before hitting a right-foot shot, slightly off balance, that Ben Hamer saved comfortably.

Norwich grew into the match as the half wore on as Hernandez showed good strength on the right before delivering a low ball into the area that Pukki almost got on the end of.

However, there was a nervy moment for Daniel Farke’s team just before the break as Dowell gave away a free-kick 20 yards from goal. Thankfully, though Pritchard’s effort was comfortably over the crossbar leaving Tim Krul without a save to make in the opening 45 minutes.

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Norwich City’s keeper was worried four minutes into the second half though as Koroma rolled the ball past a defender before curling an effort just wide.

A couple of minutes later and it should have been Norwich who nudged themselves in front as Quintilla delivered another good cross into the box for Cristoph Zimmerman to rise above his marker and send a header over the bar.

Then on 54 minutes, Hernandez hit a shot towards the near post that Hamer almost spilled into the path of Pukki. And from the resulting corner Max Aarons burst his way into the box and appeared to have been brought down in the area but referee Geoff Eltringham waved away his strong appeals.

Pritchard then picked up a good pass in the Norwich box moments later but hit a weak effort straight at Krul, before Pukki controlled a Cantwell ball in the area and fired wide.

There was another good chance for the Canaries after the hour as Pukki sprung forward on halfway before playing a pass through the middle for Kenny McLean. However, the Scottish international was just caught by the home defenders as he looked to play Hernandez in on goal.

With 20 minutes to go, Hernandez then sprung forward, cut inside and hit a shot inches past the post. Farke then made a double change with 15 minutes left sending on Idah and Przemyslaw Placheta for Dowell and Hernandez.

And it was Idah who opened the scoring with 10 minutes to go. It came from a mistake from Stearman as he played the ball straight into the path of Pukki who raced into the area and calmly, and unselfishly, pulled the ball back for Idah to side foot a home.

Then with three minutes to go Pukki played in Idah once more and the youngster brought a good save out of Hamer at his near post. 

Huddersfield: Hamer; Pipa, Stearman (Campbell, 81), Schindler, Toffolo; Jackson (Mbenza, 56), Hogg, Pritchard; Diakhaby (Brown, 71), Koroma, Bacuna.

Subs not used: Pereira, Crichlow, Emonds-Green, Rowe,

Yellows: Brown (88)

Norwich: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Quintilla; Hernandez (Placheta, 75), Skipp, Cantwell (Rupp, 88), McLean, Dowell (Idah, 75); Pukki.

Subs not used: McGovern, Hugill, Tettey, Gibson.

Goals: Idah (80)

Yellows: Dowell (58), Cantwell (77), Idah (90+1)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham


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