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Match Preview: Norwich City Under-23s v Fulham

1 November 2019

Norwich City Under-23s host 10th place Fulham at Lotus Training Centre this Friday (2pm KO) in Premier League 2 Division 2.

A win would mean a great deal to the Canaries, providing a much-needed confidence boost after a string of unfortunate losses. Three points would take the Canaries to eight in total, leaving them a point behind Fulham, and closing the gap ever so slightly against Reading, Newcastle and Swansea.

Fulham are having a mixed season as of yet, playing nine games in which they have won three and lost six, with no draws to separate them and their opponents. These three wins put them to nine points, four ahead of the Canaries. Most recently, Fulham beat bottom-of-the-table Sunderland 4-0, providing them their eighth loss of the season.

The Canaries last met Fulham back in April of the 2018-19 season, a game which ended in the Lilywhites taking home all three points in a 1-0 victory over City.

Goals are flowing in either end for both sides, and seem likely in this fixture, with Fulham scoring 14 and conceding 18 so far this season. This record leaves the London side with a goal difference of -4. Whilst neither figure is the highest in the league, they’re fairly average numbers, meaning the Canaries should be in for a good game and a tougher challenge than it may seem.

U23s defender Jordan Thomas is excited for the game, looking to bounce back from a tough match against West Ham last week. Thomas also emphasised the work the team have put in during training.

“I’m feeling really positive. We’ve had a great week in training, working on what needs to be worked on. Obviously last week wasn’t the best result for us, but we’ve analysed it and we’ve realised we just need to be more compact, and that’s from the back to the front.

“We need to be better out of possession, and so in training we’ve worked really hard on improving that, less so much the in-possession stuff. So I’m really looking forward to the game.

“Fulham are 100% a good team to bounce back against, West Ham were really tough, easily one of the best sides we’ve played this season. We know that Fulham are also a big challenge, but the only way to improve is to play against good teams, so we’re really looking forward to playing them and seeing if we can put our training into practice.”

Although looking to make improvements, Thomas insisted that City still plan to play their way.

“Tactics don’t change, we just try to improve, in possession we’re a lot better at creating and finishing chances. We’re really good at working the ball from the back to the front, so we’re just going to continue that.

“Although no tactics have changed, we’ve just been focusing on defending and positioning, tightening up on it in training all week.

“I’m feeling confident for a good result, if we put into play what we’ve trained on I think we’ll bag a good result and take three points, I’m going to say a 2-1 win to us.”

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