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The under-23s are back in action tonight, looking to extend the unbeaten run in Premier League 2 to eight games but facing the toughest of tasks with league leaders Fulham in opposition.

It’s been a bit turnaround for Michael Jackson’s team having lost the first three games. A draw against Wolves got us our first point and a week later, on 19th September, we travelled to Southampton knowing that a defeat would see the Saints go above us and leave us on the bottom of the league.

We won 2-0 that day and haven’t looked back. We’ve ended the last two weeks in fourth place in the Division 2 table with just Stoke this week having gone above us. Any sort of positive result tonight would see us go back above Stoke and should we get a better result than Aston Villa, who are at Reading, we would go third.

However, it’s going to be as tough as they come tonight. Fulham are top with eight points more than us. Of their ten games, they have won eight, drawn one and lost one. Only Aston Villa and Norwich have scored more goals than Fulham and the Cottagers have the best defensive record by some distance with just nine conceded.

Fulham’s only defeat this season came at Wolves on 20th September where they were beaten 2-1 while they drew 1-1 at Aston Villa back in late August. They kick off tonight on the back of a run of five successive wins.

This fixture last season was also played in November with Burnley winning 2-1 with all the goals coming in the first half hour. Max Thompson and Joel Mumbongo gave us a 2-0 lead before Jean-Pierre Tiehi pulled one back for the visitors.

We played, officially, with a trialist at right back that night but he’d already been identified as former Chelsea defender Richard Nartey. He signed for us on the following day.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at the County Ground at Leyland and will also be shown live on YouTube.

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