Sunderland U21s manager Robbie Stockdale says his side are looking forward to the prospect of their second game in the space of four days as they prepare to meet Fulham on this afternoon.

Sunderland face Leicester on Saturday.

The Young Black Cats held Norwich to a 0-0 draw in Norfolk on Monday and will be without the services of Tom McNamee in London after the defender was sent off in Monday’s clash.

However, Stockdale insists there will be no hangover from the recent hectic fixture schedule.

“I quite like it when the games come thick and fast because it creates a more senior approach to it,” he said.

“That is ultimately what we want – if the players want to have careers in the game they will have to deal with this on a weekly basis.”

The Black Cats put four past their Fulham counterparts last time the sides met, however Stockdale has warned his side against complacency in the return fixture.

“As I’ve said before you can’t tell what kind of team you’re going to face, but what I can say is that every game at this level is tight and it can be decided on a moment of brilliance or a mistake.”


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