Paddy Davitt: Norwich City player ratings after a memorable 4-2 FA Cup third round triumph at Preston North End

PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:52 05 January 2020

Adam Idah had an FA Cup debut to remember at Preston 
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Adam Idah had an FA Cup debut to remember at Preston Picture: Michael Sedgwick/Focus Images Ltd

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Group Football Editor Paddy Davitt has posted his marks following the Canaries’ 4-2 FA Cup third round win at Preston North End.

Here is Paddy's verdict on Daniel Farke's men, who progressed to the FA Cup fourth round in a landmark outing for Adam Idah.

- Michael McGovern

Plenty to keep him busy. Fine stops from Billy Bodin, Ryan Ledson, Darnell Fisher and in particular a double stop to thwart Bodin and Tom Bayliss in the final minutes. 8

- Sam Byram

Allowed Joe Rafferty to whip in a couple of dangerous early crosses but stuck to his task. Seemed to get caught in two minds for Josh Harrop's late slot. 6

- Christoph Zimmermann (C)

No let up in the workload for City's man of steel. Benefitted from Grant Hanley's arrival for the final quarter. 6

- Ibrahim Amadou

Let Jayden Stockley have a free header in the 18th minute, but thereafter was a dominant aerial presence before a late shift in midfield. 6

- Jamal Lewis

Looked a touch weary in the second half against the tricky Bodin. 6

- Tom Trybull

A spell between City's first and second goals was particularly uncomfortable in terms of coughing up possession. But very decent sidefooted effort from the edge of the area just before the hour mark only just cleared the bar. 6

- Moritz Leitner

Showed plenty of bravery to get the ball deep and pick out forward runners. Probing deliveries from corners, including one Sam Byram should have headed on target. Nice synchronised celebration with Onel Hernandez into the bargain. 7

- Onel Hernandez

Perhaps a touch fortuitous how Connor Ripley spilt his first half effort, but a reward for testing the shaky keeper. Also forced the keeper into a miscued clearance slammed home by Adam Idah. 7

- Marco Stiepermann

The timing of the assist for Idah's first was exquisite. Two assists in total and plenty of joy on the half turn running at Preston's backline. Seemed much happier in this company. 8

- Todd Cantwell

Played within himself on the evidence of recent Premier League displays. Lost a key aerial duel from the first phase of a corner that brought Preston's opening goal. 6

- Adam Idah

Stunning FA Cup debut for the 18-year-old. Pace, power, composure and a clinical edge that has been missing when Teemu Pukki is not fit and firing. Bagged a hat-trick and went close with a glancing header after the restart. 9

City substitutes

- Grant Hanley 6

Couple of headed clearances when Preston continued to pound City's rearguard in the final quarter.

(for Tom Trybull, 68)

- Max Aarons n/a

(for Todd Cantwell, 82)

- Kenny McLean n/a

(for Adam Idah, 86)

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