City skipper praises Idah and Cantwell for penalty bravery against Spurs

PUBLISHED: 10:32 06 March 2020

Grant Hanley has praised City's young penalty heroes. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Grant Hanley has praised City's young penalty heroes. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City captain Grant Hanley heaped praise on young duo Todd Cantwell and Adam Idah for their bravery in taking spot-kicks against Tottenham Hotspur.

Idah and Cantwell stepped up to take the second and fourth penalties respectively as City won the shoot-out 3-2.

Hanley claimed that City goalkeeper Tim Krul would have been ahead of him in the pecking order as he praised the young guns for the quality of their penalties.

"Toddy's penalty was first class, but especially Adam (Idah), for a young lad coming in on a stage like this and to take his penalty like he did [was superb]," Hanley said.

"When he got back to the halfway line, he actually asked me what way the keeper dived. I don't know if that was nerves or that was how focused he was on picking his spot.

Hanley is ready for another 'great occasion' at Carrow Road in the FA Cup quarter-final. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdHanley is ready for another 'great occasion' at Carrow Road in the FA Cup quarter-final. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

"There's no way I was ever going to take a penalty so I haven't really got to get myself prepared for that. We'd have been here all night if I was going to get a penalty! You're just hoping for the best from the lads, really.

"It's horrible. It's your mates, isn't it? You want the best for them in that situation and you know it's tough. Fair play to the boys who took them, but I think it was what we deserved overall."

The victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has set up an FA Cup quarter-final at Carrow Road, the club's first for 28 years, against Manchester United.

Daniel Farke made only four changes to his starting XI, including the same back five that was involved in City's win over Leicester City on Friday.

"The head coach has set his stall out early as soon as we came in here with cup competitions," said Hanley. "We always look to try and get as far as we can. It's nice that we have another big game to look forward to coming up.

"The fans have been unbelievable since I've been here. Whatever day it is, whatever game is it, they've been unbelievable and fair play to them tonight. I know it's a cliche and everyone says it but it does give us that wee bit extra.

"We're doing well at the minute. We've got a couple of results and we definitely take the positives and the confidence, but I think we need to not look too far ahead of ourselves. We're away at Sheffield United on Saturday and I think that's going to be battle."

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