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Our under-23 team play their final league game of the season tonight knowing that a positive result could extend the season through the play-offs.

We are currently in sixth place, just one place outside the play-off positions, and our opponents in the final game are champions Fulham just a year after we had to play an away game against champions Leeds to gain a place in the play-offs.

This time, we go into the game in good form and we also go into it without the constant public demands for promotion that the players had to deal with last season from then under-23 coach Steve Stone.

It’s a simple situation tonight. We must achieve a better result than any of Stoke, Nottingham Forest or Norwich. If one of those three lose tonight, we need a draw. Should none of them lose but one draws then we need a win but if they all win their games, there is nothing we can do.

It couldn’t be much tougher. Our opponents Fulham have won the league. They are fifteen points clear of second place Wolves with both having one game to play. They’ve lost just four times all season, but two of those defeats have come in the last four games and four days ago bottom team Reading beat them.

They beat us 2-1 at Leyland back in November with Micky Mellon our goalscorer. They looked as good as any team I’ve seen this season on the night.

However, last season we did the double over them. We won 2-1 at home with goals from Max Thompson (pictured) and Joel Mumbongo. In the away game, goals from Rob Harker, Richard Nartey, Thompson and Mumbongo gave us a 4-1 win.

The game will kick off tonight at 7 p.m. their training ground at Motspur Park, New Malden, KT3 6PT. Supporters will be welcome with admission charges of £3 (adults) and £1 (concessions).

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