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Adam Idah in action for Norwich

Adam Idah in action for Norwich

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Adam Idah in action for Norwich

A week after they clashed on the international stage, Adam Idah and Teemu Pukki combined to start the new season on a winning note for their club.

And Cork native Idah, set up by Pukki to score the only goal of the game as Norwich City beat Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the season, says it's the competition at the club which is driving him forward

"I was delighted to get the goal but. obviously. when Teemu played the ball in there. were a whole lot of nerves in me," said Idah, whose Ireland side were beaten in Dublin by Pukki's Finland six days earlier.

"It was a great ball by Teemu and he worked hard to get on the ball in the first place, so I'm delighted he squared the ball and fair dues to him for passing it to me because a lot of strikers wouldn't pass the ball, but I'm happy that he did.

"We train a lot together, all the strikers have a partnership and I think we have a good connection," Idah continued.

"There's a good bunch of strikers there, there's a good unity and connection. We all work hard in training, we're all friendly with each other, so there's a bit of tough competition there but I think that's what every team needs, to work hard, play for each other and play for the team."

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall will make a decision this week on whether to retain Irish keeper Mark Travers in the side once first-choice Asmir Begovic regains fitness.

Starring

Kildare lad Travers was handed a starring role in the first game of the new Championship season, a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Blackburn Rovers.

The Cherries had planned to start the season with Bosnian international Begovic in goal but he suffered an injury in training last week and that opened the door for Travers.

"He had a bit of treatment after training. He failed a fitness test. With a dead leg, hopefully it shouldn't keep him out too long," he said of Begovic.

"I was disappointed to concede two goals but there were a lot of positives to take from the game and we will get better moving forward, for sure.

"At the start of every season you want to win your first game. That becomes the most important thing and it was important we did that.

"I'm absolutely delighted we won the game and hopefully we can back that up with another good performance on Tuesday (against Crystal Palace) and another good performance against Middlesbrough at the weekend."