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UNDER-21s: PAUL WILKINSON LOOKING FOR STRONG FINISH

19 May 2015

Canaries welcome Chelsea to Carrow Road

PAUL Wilkinson hopes his Under-21s team can finish an excellent season on a positive note when they take on Chelsea in their final game on Wednesday at Carrow Road (12pm).

Since October, Wilkinson’s Canaries have lost just once in the league and look set for a top half finish in the Barclays Under-21s Elite tier.

Supporters wishing to attend the match can take advantage of free entry to the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, with gates opening at 11am.

“The lads have had a great run, a terrific run. We want to finish the season as high as we can in the league,” Wilkinson told canaries.co.uk.

“It would be nice if we could put in a good performance and finish off the season well, which is important.

“It’s always a fantastic game against Chelsea and our fans have been brilliant in every game we’ve played at Carrow Road.

“It’s unfortunate this week because of the kick-off time, but it’s out of our hands that we have to play at that time. I’m sure whoever’s there, and whoever turns up, we’ll have great support as always.”

City completed a remarkable comeback to earn a point against Liverpool in their last outing, drawing 4-4 at Anfield last Monday after trailing 3-0 at the halfway stage.

Wilkinson says the spirit shown in that game is indicative of the togetherness that has developed in the group as the campaign has progressed.

“We felt a little bit unlucky to be 3-0 down. They had three good opportunities, and scored all of them,” he added.

“I said to them if we could nick the next goal then we’d have an opportunity to get back in the game because of the chances we’d created. Thankfully, it went our way. Josh (Murphy) took his hat-trick terrifically well, and Carlton (Morris) nicked one as well.

“They’ve really grown together throughout the season. We’ve gradually improved on things as we’ve gone along, and some of the football at Anfield last week was terrific.

“Their attitude and commitment has been great, and it’d be nice to end the season with a positive result.”

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