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Match preview: Norwich City U23s v Fulham U23s

4 February 2021

Looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday afternoon, Norwich City Under-23s host Fulham at the Lotus Training Centre on Friday evening (7pm KO).

David Wright’s side currently reside to tenth-place in the Premier League 2 table, a point behind Middlesbrough, who have played one game less than the Canaries, and two points behind this weekend’s opponents, who have played one game more.

Fulham have seen mixed form in recent weeks, taking three wins and two losses in their last five fixtures, most notably a 7-1 loss to Leeds in December.

The table is still an extremely tight one, a win over the Cottagers potentially seeing the Canaries rise up to fifth in the table, whilst bottom of the table Newcastle are just three points away.

In their last game, the young Canaries took a 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace at the Eagles’ training ground after a hat-trick from Sion Spence and a finish from John-Kymani Gordon.

In City's last meeting with Fulham, they took all three points home from Craven Cottage after a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Tyrese Omotoye and Tom Dickson-Peters. 

Academy left-back Sean Stewart is in for a chance of being involved in tomorrow’s fixture, which is an opportunity the young defender says he relishes as he looks to impress Wright and his coaching staff.

“I’m excited and just looking forward to the challenge, I’m ready to get going. I think it’s going to be a very tight game between two very quality sides, so it’s going to be an exciting match to play in.

“You have to put the two wrongs right; I’m definitely looking to get my first win with the Under-23s and hopefully impress. I’m just looking to play well.”

Speaking on the difference between the U23s and U18s football, Stewart says he much prefers rising to the challenge and playing in the more senior games, adding that he’s looking to impress enough to stay with the side.

“I look forward to the challenge and playing against better, more experienced players because it helps me develop my game and gives me a good experience to get where I need to get to. I enjoy playing against better players with more at stake.

“The last few performances haven’t been good enough and we just need to put it behind us and keep focusing on the goal and try our best to achieve that

“That’s the main aim, you have to put in good performances to stay in that position. That’s the next step of my career, I want to get to Under-23s football and stay there, keep a place and then it’s aiming for the first-team.”

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