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Match Previews

Match Preview: Preston North End v Norwich City

3 January 2020

Norwich City’s 2019-20 FA Cup journey begins at the third round with a trip to the Deepdale Stadium to face Preston North End on Saturday, January 4 (3.01pm KO).

Our match preview contains a look at the history of this fixture, analysis of Preston’s season so far, and information for supporters, including an explanation of the kick-off time.

The opposition

Preston find themselves ninth in the Championship prior to this weekend’s game having lost two, drawn two, and won one of their last five league games. They’re currently one of three teams to be one point adrift of Millwall in the playoff places.

Last time out, Preston – who are managed by former City boss Alex Neil – were defeated 2-0 at home by Middlesbrough. Earlier this season, they went on an unbeaten run of eight games in the Championship from August 21 to October 19.

They’ve struggled to replicate that form since then, however, winning just two of the last ten games.

As for cup competitions, Preston got to the third round of the Carabao Cup courtesy of a 4-0 win at Bradford City and a 2-2 draw against Hull City (a match they won 5-4 on penalties), before losing 3-0 at home to Manchester City.

They also enter the FA Cup in the third round, at the same stage as Norwich.

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We’ve had 53 meetings with Preston since 1961, and have won 20 of them, drawn 16, and lost 17. Our most recent encounter went in favour of the opposition, Preston coming away with a 3-1 win in the Championship in February 2019.

The two sides have also met once before in the FA Cup, as a Paul Gallagher brace saw Preston go through to the fourth round in 2015.

Our last win at the Deepdale Stadium came in 2017, when James Maddison scored his first goal for the Canaries to wrap up a 3-1 win under Alan Irvine.

Ref watch

Martin Atkinson will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Harry Lennard and James Mainwaring. James Adock will be the fourth official. City fans can breath a sigh of relief as there is no VAR for this game!

Atkinson has refereed 19 games so far this season, all in the Premier League aside from August's Community Shield final, handing out 55 yellow cards and three reds across those fixtures.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game back in August, when he was the man in charge of our home game against Chelsea. The Blues won 3-2, taking all three points home. Atkinson made two bookings in the match.

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Info for supporters

Preston will be selling tickets on the day from their away ticket office at the Bill Shankly Kop from 1pm onwards and there is no price increase. Both cash and card payments are accepted

Prices are £15 for adults, £10 for 65+ & 19-24 year olds, £5 for 11-18 year olds, and £1 Under 11’s.

All of the weekend’s FA Cup games will be kicking off one minute past the hour they would normally be played as part of the Football Association’s Heads Up campaign, which raises awareness of mental health problems and encourages fans to think about their mental wellbeing.

To learn more about the project click here.

Preston North End have an away supporters guide which includes information on getting to the Deepdale Stadium, parking, details for disabled supporters, refreshments, and what fans can take into the ground. To view the guide, click here and press the ‘Away Supporters’ tab.

Supporters are asked to arrive at the stadium at least one hour before kick-off.

How to follow

Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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Match Reports

Idah nets hat-trick as City cruise into fourth round

4 January 2020

Adam Idah’s first goals in professional football helped Norwich City beat Preston North End and book their place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

City academy graduate Idah scored either of an Onel Hernandez strike in the first half, as City cruised into a comfortable first-half lead at Deepdale.

The home side reduced the deficit immediately after half time, but Norwich comfortably navigated the second period.

Idah bagged his hat-trick goal, converting from the penalty spot, to help extend the Canaries’ unbeaten run to three games and book a place in the next round of the competition by a 4-2 scoreline.

On the back of a packed festive schedule, Daniel Farke made a total of eight changes to the Canaries starting line-up.

The headline team news saw Idah in for just his second start in professional football, whilst Moritz Leitner was also in from the off for the first time since the end of October.

Much of the pre-match talk had been of Idah’s potential inclusion in the starting XI and he took just five minutes to add his name to the scoresheet and ensure a flying start for the Canaries.

Marco Stiepermann collected possession in a clever pocket of space before slipping a clever ball into the path of Idah. In on goal, the Republic of Ireland U21 striker took a touch to steady himself before coolly slotting beyond the goalkeeper.

It was the perfect start for City, who for the next period looked assured and confident when in possession.

That said, chances did fall the way of the home side. Darnell Fisher fired a tame effort straight at City stopper Michael McGovern before Jayden Stockley nodded wide from a swirling left-wing cross from Joe Rafferty.

On 15 minutes Onel Hernandez jinked his way infield from the left, slaloming around a couple of Preston markers, before firing wide from the edge of the area.

And it was from a similar area on the half-hour where Hernandez doubled City’s lead.

After Stiepermann and Idah had once again combined, with the latter seeing a dinked finish well saved by Preston goalkeeper Connor Ripley, the ball was only half-cleared by the hosts. It fell at the feet of Hernandez, who in a flash cut inside onto his right before arrowing a low drive from the angle of the area through a ruck of defenders and in off the far post.

Norwich were in the ascendancy and just before half time added a spectacular third.

Hernandez’s pursuit of a through ball would lead to a hurried clearance from Ripley. That fell at the feet of Idah, who from all of 40 took a clever first touch before lofting the ball over the stranded North End goalkeeper and into the net.

Immediately after the restart Idah came close to netting what would have been a perfect hat-trick, nodding Stiepermann’s cross marginally wide of the post.

But Preston hit back and reduced the arrears on 47 minutes.

Billy Bodin found space in the area following a corner kick and diverted the ball into the City net from point blank range.

But any hopes of a Preston comeback were dashed on the hour.

For the umpteenth time Stiepermann combined with Idah, who raced clear of the Preston defence before being upended by the onrushing goalkeeper. The young striker dusted himself down before confidently dispatching from the penalty spot for his third of the game.

Comfortable in possession and with the result in no doubt, Norwich popped the ball around comfortable for the remaining 30 minutes.

Leitner looped a volley narrowly over the bar following a slick move down the left flank.

Josh Harrop added a late consolation for North End but it was City who made it through to round four.

Preston North End: Ripley, Fisher, Davies (C), Bayliss, Harrop, Storey, Rafferty, Ledson, Stockley, Bodin, Potts
Unused substitutes: Rudd, Pearson, Clarke, Gallagher, Barkhuizen, O’Reilly, Nugent
Goals: Bodin (48), Harrop (85)
Bookings: Ripley, Fisher, Ledson

Norwich City: McGovern, Byram, Zimmermann (C), Leitner (Hanley 68), Hernandez, Lewis, Cantwell (Aarons, 82), Stiepermann, Trybull, Amadou, Idah (McLean, 86)
Unused substitutes: Krul, Vrancic, Buendia, Tettey
Goals: Idah (2, 38, 61 pen), Hernandez 28

Half time: 0-3
Attendance: 7,616 (833 visiting)
Venue: Deepdale
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Kick off: 3:01pm

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Ticket News

Ticket update: Preston NE v Norwich City

3 January 2020

Supporters will be able to purchase tickets for our Emirates FA Cup tie against Preston North End from Deepdale on the day of game.

Tickets can be purchased by cash or card at the Bill Shankly Kop End from 1pm on Saturday at no price increase.

Adults £15
65+ & 19-24 £10
Under-11s £1

Any collections or duplicates will also be left at the away ticket office.

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