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Match preview: Fulham U18s v Norwich City U18s

Making their return to the U18 Premier League, Norwich City U18s travel to Motspur Park to take on Fulham U18s this Saturday.

In our match preview, we'll be taking a look at the Cottagers' season, and hearing from U18s striker Kenny Coker on his time with the team so far.

The opposition

It's been a mostly positive season so far for Fulham. With three wins and just one loss from four games, this weekend's hosts have nine points from a possible 12, placing them fourth in the U18 Premier League table.

In two of these wins, the Cottagers' have scored four goals inside 90 minutes, emphasising their danger on the ball going forward.

Fulham will be looking to bounce back with a win over City this weekend, after losing two in a row to West Brom and Stoke City respectively.

Scoring ten and conceding six in four games gives the hosts' an impressive +4 goal difference, meaning City will have to be at their best as they take on the Cottagers.

Meanwhile, the young Canaries are still searching for their first win of the season after a turbulent start, most recently taking a 3-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League Cup.

City last faced Fulham in May this year, taking a 3-0 loss to the Cottagers at the London School of Economics.

Kenny Coker: We're pushing to get that first win of the season

U18s forward Kenny Coker says the team are frustrated with their form this season, but are trying to turn that feeling into positivity going into each game.

"There's a bit of frustration as a team, we're all a bit frustrated because we're not getting the results we want. On the other hand, we're pushing to get that first win of the season.

"It's massively important to turn that frustration into positivity. Once we get the first win, they should start coming through, we just need to break that pattern.

"We weren't happy with our loss against Brighton. It was frustrating again because we saw it as a fresh start in a new tournament. We had a fresh start to get a good result and we didn't end up getting it again."

Looking at the losses as a whole so far this season, Coker says that while it's good to learn how to lose at this stage of their development, the team still want to be winning as much as possible.

"It's a good thing to learn how to lose, but we want to be winning games. In a sense, it's good for our development, but we're not here to learn how to lose. We want to learn how to win."

"We can pick little things up from these results which will help us individually, but as a collective we want to be winning."

Finally, speaking on his three months at the club so far, the young forward says he is fully settled in and focused on helping the team.

"It's been good so far, I've settled in now and adjusted to the way we play, so I want to get some more goals under my belt and start winning games with the boys."

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