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Francillette hungry for Wolves win

Defender Ludwig Francillette is hopeful Newcastle United Under-23s can return to winning ways ahead of the young Magpies' Premier League 2 clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chris Hogg's side host their Wolves counterparts on Monday afternoon at Whitley Park (kick-off 12pm GMT), with both sides sitting on ten points in Division Two.

Francillette, who joined Newcastle in the summer of 2019, is determined for the Magpies to bounce back from respective defeats against Bolton Wanderers and Norwich City against a Wolves side which lifted the 2018/19 Premier League 2 Division Two title.

"It's a very important game for the team," the 21-year-old told nufc.co.uk. "We are looking to improve on our last two games and want to make sure we bounce back from those defeats.

"The league is really tight at the moment so we are looking to get the win to move up the table. We have a lot of talented players in the squad so I'm sure we'll stick together and do what it takes to get three points."

An ever-present for United's second-string this term, the tall Frenchman believed Newcastle were unfortunate to lose against the Canaries following their misfortunes in front of goal.

The centre-back, who has represented Guadeloupe internationally at youth level, is aiming for his side to replicate similar form shown towards the end of last season, which saw United's youngsters record five wins in all competitions before the Coronavirus outbreak brought the 2019/20 season to an end.

"It was a frustrating game against Norwich and losing two-nil was disappointing," he added. "We were targeting a clean sheet and then they scored their first from a long shot.

"We had a lot of chances to score but we already knew that. We need to be better offensively and defensively too so we are working hard everyday in training to improve on that.

"We just need to keep our heads up and go again when we play Wolves on Monday.

"We had a good run towards the end of last season where we won a lot of games to move into the play-off spots and we feel we can do that again. The season got cut short but the experience we gained will definitely help us for this year."

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