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U21s: WILKINSON - FANS ARE A MASSIVE ASSET

31 March 2015

'We're leading the way as a Club', says Wilkinson

PAUL Wilkinson has stressed the impact of bumper home crowds ahead of Norwich City Under-21s hosting Fulham at Carrow Road on Wednesday (7pm).

The Canaries have boasted a number of impressive attendances for their Development Squad matches this season, including a Barclays Under-21s Premier League record of over 10,000 against Tottenham Hotspur in October.

Such figures have helped City's youngsters avoid defeat at Carrow Road in all competitions over the course of the campaign, and Wilkinson told canaries.co.uk: "The fans have been fantastic, and we’re leading the way as a Club with regards to Under-21s football.

"I’m sure 99 per cent of clubs would be delighted if they had half the attendances we’ve had. It’s tremendous, and testament to the crowd as they turn up for every match.

"The games have been good battles and we’ve come out on top in a few where people maybe didn’t expect us to, so at the moment it's a massive thing. It helps make for a really positive end to the season on all fronts."

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Fulham represent a familiar opponent, with the Canaries having faced up to them at Craven Cottage less than a fortnight ago in their most recent outing.

The Cottagers ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of an Ange-Freddy Plumain brace on that occasion, with Wilkinson commenting: "It's another game for us to look forward to as we probably did enough to get something from that one.

"We were unlucky on one or two calls, and could have had a penalty early on. Having only played them just over a week ago we will be fully prepared and know what to expect.

"The biggest thing for us is that we've got to bounce back and put in a good performance. It's a challenge for us, but the boys have been terrific over the last nine or ten games so we'll be looking to get a result."

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