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Match preview: Burnley U23s v Norwich City U23s

Norwich City Under-23s travel to the Barnfield Training Centre in Lancashire for Friday’s Premier League 2 Division Two fixture away to Burnley Under-23s (1pm KO).

The Canaries are without a win in their last three league matches following a 3-3 draw at Reading and defeats at home to West Bromwich Albion and Fulham.

Those results put Alan Neilson’s side seventh in the division with ten points from seven games ahead of Friday’s match.

Burnley are four places below with eight points, having won two, drawn two and lost three of their league matches.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last four games - drawing against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, and beating Southampton and Reading.

Both Norwich and Burnley have scored as many goals as they’ve conceded this season.

Saxon Earley has featured in every game at left-back for City so far this season, and expects a tough test at Burnley.

“Coming off the back of a couple of disappointing results, we’re looking to try to turn that around and the team we’ve got can do that,” he said.

“I don’t go into any game thinking that it’s going to be an easy one, but especially not Burnley away.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and backing each other up to get the result we’re looking for.

“You’ve got to find a balance that works for you. For sure, we’ve conceded too many lately so that’s been a big point in training but that doesn’t take away from the importance of scoring goals.

“I think I’m doing alright, trying a new position. There are a few injuries at left-back, and I’m starting to enjoy my time there and I’ll enjoy playing in that position.”

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