Midfielder speaks after 2-1 Sunderland win
NORWICH City winger Anthony Pilkington admitted he is enjoying his football after scoring City’s second goal in a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Sunderland on Sunday night.
Having also scored the winner against Manchester United in City’s last game at Carrow Road, the former-Huddersfield man is in fine form and has helped ensure the team’s unbeaten run stretches to nine games in all competitions.
Sebastien Bassong grabbed the opening goal for Chris Hughton’s side, whilst Sunderland’s Craig Gardner reduced arrears before the break, but City saw out the win.
The 24-year-old told Canaries Player: “Everyone is pushing in the right direction and we’re playing with confidence.
“I’m enjoying my football at the minute and it’s great to be out there.
“The first half today I thought we were in control right up until when they scored.
“I thought we were cruising and creating chances, and then from our point of view it’s a sloppy goal right at the end of the first half, because their tails were always going to be up from then, and we made it difficult for ourselves.
“The passing and moving and creating of chances meant we were playing well, and we have been for the past six or seven games and hopefully that can continue.
“I think because we in control so much they didn’t look like creating much up until the goal, and because we were in control, our heads went down a little bit when they scored the goal.
“Obviously that lifted them, the manager spoke to them, and they came out fighting in the second half.”
Pilkington’s 36th minute strike came after a well-timed Bradley Johnson ball beat the defence, leaving the winger with the option to shoot or pass.
He recalled: “I saw the fella coming across, and I could have hit it with my left foot, but I thought I’d come inside and hit it on my right to open the goal up, and luckily it found the bottom corner.
“It’s a great run we’re on and hopefully it can continue. We look solid as a unit from the back to the front and like I say, in the first half we played some good football and we’ll take that into the Swansea game next week.
“We’ve put a run of results together and that’s tough to do in this league, so it shows you how good a squad we’ve got here. It’s not just about the 11 out there, it’s about everyone, because we’ll need them all throughout the season.”