Idah given words of comfort from Farke
Teenage Norwich City striker Adam Idah has been tipped by boss Daniel Farke to bounce back from his disappointing debut at Crawley Town.
The 18-year-old was handed an opportunity to try and score the goals to put the Canaries into the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
However, it ended up being a night to forget for Idah as he deflected Bez Lubala’s effort into his own net to give the League Two side a shock 1-0 win.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, one of 11 changes made by Farke in West Sussex, also squandered a handful of chances as City became the first top-flight scalp in the home club’s history.
Farke defended his decision to pitch Idah into action at Crawley because he wanted to rest the influential five-goal hitman Teemu Pukki after his exploits in the opening three Premier League matches.
Summer arrival Josip Drmic is also still absent as the Swiss international is currently recovering from a hamstring injury picked up on pre-season duty.
Therefore, it was deemed the right time for Idah to finally cut his teeth in the senior side this week.
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Farke said: “It’s up to me to back the player because he needs the experience to step up in his career.
“We can’t just speak about we trust our young lads and if we bring them on the pitch and then we accuse them that he’s not good enough and you have to replace Teemu Pukki No, I am pleased with what Adam has done.
“He is probably the most disappointed guy in the dressing room because he scored an own goal and missed several chances.
“But it’s not up to me to punish the players for a lack of quality or something like this, it’s up to me to back them and that is exactly what I will do.”
Norwich’s elimination from the cup at such an early stage will no doubt be a blow for Farke as he will have hoped to blood more youngsters in the competition.
But he is clearly willing to back players such as Idah and it would not be a surprise to see him stepping off the bench in Premier League matches as the season progresses.
The Canaries next travel to West Ham on Saturday afternoon before enjoying some time off for the international break.