Norwich City U21s on a revenge mission against Fulham’s U21s at Carrow Road

Norwich City U21s coach Paul Wilkinson aims to turn on the style again on Wednesday night at Carrow

Norwich City U21s coach Paul Wilkinson aims to turn on the style again on Wednesday night at Carrow Road. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

Norwich City Under 21s will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Carrow Road on Wednesday when they take on Peter Grant's Fulham Under-21s (7pm kick-off).

City's youngsters are undefeated in seven Premier League U21 development games at home and another bumper crowd is expected with entrance free to supporters.

With the senior side set for a busy Easter, City are expected to name a young side but Wilkinson hopes supporters will turn out in force again.

'The fans have been fantastic, and we're leading the way as a club with regards to Under-21s football,' he said. 'I'm sure 99pc of clubs would be delighted if they had half the attendances we've had. It's tremendous, and testament to the crowd as they turn up for every match.

'The games have been good battles and we've come out on top in a few where people maybe didn't expect us to, so at the moment it's a massive thing. It helps make for a really positive end to the season on all fronts.'


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Fulham won 2-1 at Craven Cottage less than a fortnight ago when the sides met at this level.

'It's another game for us to look forward to as we probably did enough to get something from that one,' said Wilkinson. 'We were unlucky on one or two calls, and could have had a penalty early on. Having only played them just over a week ago we will be fully prepared and know what to expect.

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'The biggest thing for us is that we've got to bounce back and put in a good performance. It's a challenge for us, but the boys have been terrific over the last nine or ten games so we'll be looking to get a result.'

City set a new Premier League development attendance record when more than 10,000 fans watched their win over Tottenham in October.

Defender Kyle McFadden admits playing in front of bigger crowds gives the youngster a big boost.

'It's always nice to play at Carrow Road in front of the fans, so it should be a good game,' he told the club's website. 'They are a twelfth man for us, and really help when we're trying to build momentum in matches. Hopefully it will be another big turn out and they can help us win.

'I'm looking forward to it and we're aiming to get the victory over them this time. There was a change in personnel last time with a trialist coming in and Ryan Bennett dropping back to get match-fitness, so I'm hoping I can get the start.

'The new manager has come in and given some of the younger ones a chance. All you can do is get your head down, work hard and hope you'll be next.'

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