Norwich City boss Chris Hughton backs Anthony Pilkington’s Irish choice

Anthony Pilkington opens the scoring for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Anthony Pilkington opens the scoring for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, December 17, 2012
1:34 PM

Chris Hughton believes Anthony Pilkington will not regret pledging his international allegiance to the Republic of Ireland.

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The City midfielder opened the scoring with his third home goal in a row before returning the favour to set up Wes Hoolahan for the match-winner – all in front of watching Republic assistant Marco Tardelli.

Pilkington himself confirmed afterwards he is now ready to represent the land of his grandmother, having made one U21 international appearance for the Emerald Isle.

Hughton was part of the Irish squad at both the 1988 European Championships and the 1990 World Cup and the City boss would be delighted if a New Year call came.

“Where we are at the moment is there has been no call-up for Anthony into any official squad. Until that happens, we’re in exactly the same position we have been,” said Hughton. “Any way that it happens, I’m always delighted for any player to be involved at international level.

“It enhances their career and it can be some real high moments in their career. Yes (I chose the Republic), and for me it was a wonderful decision that I never, ever regretted. Anthony is a very mature young man and any big decisions he has to make, he’s very capable of making. If it happens, I’ll be delighted for him but that’s always going to be down to him.”

Pilkington’s latest goalscoring display underlined his residual value to the Canaries in a vibrant outing marred only by a highly-questionable first-half yellow card for simulation.

“I thought it was very harsh,” said Hughton. “He has no option. I think he has been caught but even if he hasn’t there is no option but to go down. He has to avoid the lad’s legs.

“No, I thought it was a very poor decision. It shouldn’t be a surprise he is scoring because he has that type of ability – he is a good striker of the ball with left and right foot. You need that ability within a team, whoever you are.”

8 comments

  • According to Wiki, BJ has an African-American grandfather. So maybe there`s an African Nation he could play for too?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Pondlife we need to accept that in the eyes of the officials, SKY and the BBC Norwich are and always will be a "small" team and we will not get the breaks. I reckon the ref is kicking himself he played the advantage in the build up to our second goal! If some deem my comments cynical or biased I refute that in so much that I have an equal size cynical chip on either shoulder which gives me a well balanced outlook when it comes to officials and certain media outlets! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • That's Boris Johnson, Sparky.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • It si alleged that the ref said Pilks WAS fouled but that he over acted the consequences. In that case the first offence should be pulled up and a free kick given to city (and possibly a booking for the Wigan player). Then Pilks should be booked for ungentlemanly conduct if deemed to have behaved inappropriately.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Good choice for Pilks. Not ever likely to be picked for England while Hodgson is in charge, so why not?. Not unless he joins Liverpool!! (Carroll and Sterling picked for England over past few months - one just out of form and one just out of nappies.) Wonder if Grant Holt and Bradley Johnson can find a non-English grandparent, so they would get the extra recognition they deserve. Well done everybody at Carrow Road - just amazing.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Bradley does have a USA line somewhere, sparky, on his father`s side I think. Wikipedia calls...... I`m sure Holty could find a stray Irish gene somewhere. I bet most folk in the UK could!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I think you maybe suffering from " poor me" syndrome :) Both motd sat n sun and sky was over the top praising us( which I recorded to add to my own season DVD) .. And in fact when watching the hour long highlights on sky, the ref in the 2nd half,just before a corner,seemed to have a quiet word and smile with pilks and pilks then put sly "thumbs up" keeping his hand low? I hope it was an acknowledgement of the mistake for booking him and agreeing to some sort of leeway for pushing n shoving for that corner? :)

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I might be talking rubbish, but I thought Johnson was eligible for the USA?

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    sparky22

    Monday, December 17, 2012

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