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Norwich City manager Daniel Farke. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has reassured Adam Idah that the Irish striker is still in his plans despite not making the Canaries' match-day squad last weekend.

Norwich didn't even have room for Idah on the bench for their FA Cup win away to Burnley, even though the 18-year-old had scored a hat-trick in the previous round, a 4-2 win away to Preston.

As Idah's international team-mate Troy Parrott is linked with a loan move from Tottenham to Charlton after he also failed to make the bench for his club's FA Cup tie, a loan spell is also being touted for Idah.

But Farke says his weekend decision to omit the Cork native was a hard one and he could still play a role.

'It felt a bit harsh on Adam because he was crucial at Preston," Farke said. "It was just due to the strength of my strikers, we had a strong group, just two changes from the Tottenham game in terms of the travelling squad.

"It felt a bit harsh, but we wanted to go to the next round and that is why our red-hot striker Teemu Pukki was on the bench.

"So it's harsh on Adam, but he is in my thoughts and we have created some space for him to allow Dennis Srbeny to go (to Germany).

"At 18, he is the third striker at Premier League level. Not a bad position to be in. I am happy with him. He is a great lad," Farke added.

Chance

One man who did get a chance to impress in the FA Cup was current Under-21 cap Dara O'Shea.

Making only his fourth appearance of the season for West Brom, he stood out in defence as the Baggies won 1-0 away to West Ham in the FA Cup, back-to-back clean sheets for the Dubliner, who only signed a new contract with the club last week.

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"We made some changes, to rest some players, but more than that - we believe these players can do the job and they proved us right big time," West Brom boss Slaven Bilic said of the club's fringe players, including O'Shea, after he helped to pile more misery on reappointed Hammers manager David Moyes.

Meanwhile, Joey Barton believes that new signing Glenn Whelan has already added some quality to his Fleetwood Town side.

Whelan (35) made his debut for Barton's outfit in Saturday's 0-0 draw away to Bristol Rovers. It was the veteran's first game in a month but he completed the 90 minutes.

The draw keeps Fleetwood in 11th place, four points off the playoff places, but Barton has already seen the impact his former Manchester City team-mate has made.

"We blooded in Glenn and I thought he played well. He's new to the group and the system we play and having only been in and around since Tuesday, he showed us why we have brought him into the group. He added a calmness to our team."

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