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U21s: CROWD PLAYS A BIG PART - WILKINSON

15 December 2014

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PAUL Wilkinson says a sizeable crowd makes a real difference at Norwich City Under-21s games with the group set for the visit of Liverpool on Wednesday (7pm).

Wilkinson, a Professional Development Coach in the Club’s Academy, was in the dugout when a record Under-21s Premier League attendance of 10,405 watched the team beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Carrow Road in October.

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“It’s terrific. The fans have been fantastic,” Wilkinson told canaries.co.uk.

“In my first game, the Tottenham game with the 10,000 crowd, it was like a first-team game. It just shows you with that sort of crowd there, with the tempo, the game becomes like a first-team game.

“It will be another good test for us – we know Liverpool’s shape, we know how they play, and they’ve got a lot of good forward players so it’s going to be a test.

“The lads have done really well, they’ve picked themselves up and the win at Fulham has given everyone a big lift.”
 


Wilkinson revealed that Ryan Bennett is set to resume his recuperation from an ankle injury by featuring as an over-age player in the match.

He believes it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement for the Development Squad and Bennett.

“Ryan played in an in-house game for us on Saturday and got through 70 minutes, and we’ll build him up ready for Wednesday,” he said.

“It will be great to have him in, Mark Bunn is going to play in goal and there’s a strong possibility of two or three others as well.

“I would like to hope that with Ryan coming into our team will help him out as well. I want our boys to welcome him into the team but to also make sure that he plays the game right.

"We play the game in the right way and at the right tempo. He’ll get what he needs out of the game.”

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