Anthony Pilkington admitted Norwich City ticked the last box of a memorable campaign at White Hart Lane – but he is looking forward to a few more big occasions to rise to before the season is out.

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Victory at Tottenham was the Canaries’ first major scalp of their Premier League return after going close at the likes of Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Old Trafford.

The afternoon will live long in City memories – but with Manchester City next to visit Carrow Road, and games against Liverpool and Arsenal to follow in the final throws of the campaign, Pilkington knows any letting up could easily see Norwich’s joy turn sour.

“The gaffer said he wanted to beat one of the big teams and we’ve gone to Tottenham and done that really well,” said Pilkington, who scored on his return from injury to set up City’s 2-1 Easter Monday win.

“We’ve shown everyone what we can do and we played some really good stuff. When we look back at the season we will look back at this day and it’s not just this result but the performance as well. It’s a great day and you’ve seen the fans. They came down and sung their hearts out again for the whole 90 minutes and win, lose or draw, they do that anyway.

“But I don’t think you can take the foot off the pedal in the Premier League and if you’re not at it in any game you’ll be made to look silly.

“The manager wouldn’t let us ease off anyway, never mind the boys. So we will keep going and hope for another big win against one of the best teams in Europe.”

Indeed, Manchester City’s line-up is impressive – but they will head to Carrow Road desperately clinging on to faint hopes their Premier League title challenge is still alive.

Add to that the possibility of one of Norwich’s best top-flight seasons and the chance to finish above Liverpool come the end of the season, and there will be plenty at stake on Saturday.

“All the pundits and what have you were talking about us finishing bottom of the league, so to finish above Liverpool would be unheard of, wouldn’t it?” added Pilkington.

“Manchester City need to come out and beat us to stand any chance of pushing for the championship, but we will carry on doing what we’re doing and take the Spurs win into Saturday and try to take three points off City as well. But this just proves to everyone we are more than a match for anyone in this league.”

Pilkington was delighted for his fellow summer recruit Elliott Bennett, whose second-half firecracker earned Norwich all three points at Spurs – and broke the winger’s City scoring duck in the process.

“You’ve seen Elliott Bennett do what he does every week in training and put one in the top corner,” said Pilkington, disbelieving it had taken his team-mate so long to score. “That’s what I mean. The boys are telling him to shoot more. He’s too nice. He likes to pass or cross when he should shoot more because he’s got one hell of a strike.

“So he’s done that here and shown everyone what he can do. He should do it more and I think he’s going to take the confidence to do it more after scoring his first Premier League goal.”

As for Pilkington, he was happy to be back with a bang at White Hart Lane – and hopes he can reach his own target in the remaining five games of the campaign.

“It’s been a great season for me, coming back from last season’s injury and scoring eight goals in the Premier League up to now,” said Pilkington. “I’ve really enjoyed my football here at Norwich and hopefully I can get a few more before the end of the season – maybe get in double figures, but I’m just happy here and enjoying my football.

“I haven’t scored for a while, it’s six games or so, so it’s nice when it falls to you like that – but you’ve still got to tuck it away, haven’t you?

“I’ve not really trained for two weeks so my legs got a bit tired towards the end, but adrenaline just gets you through.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re not playing with little niggly injuries and you can’t get out on the training pitch or field to play and help the team.

“But you’ve just got to keep your head. I had a bad injury at the end of last season so I know about that. You don’t really like missing games at the best of times so those little niggles just make it even worse when you’ve got to sit there and watch the boys do their stuff.

“But this was a great way to come back, to come here and put in a performance against one of the teams fighting for a Champions League place.”

33 comments

  • You seem like a good lad Brewer, keep the comments coming.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Hi Benrio, yes it's hard to forget his wonder-goal last season and he seems to do really well for Wales, doesn't he Sian? But who do you leave out? Everyone appreciates Mr Fox and Bradley "Barton's Breath" Johnson was good against Spurs. To continue Lobbo'^ theme, maybe it's training-ground related. Though we have heard elsewhere that the Horse can't even hit his own barn door there.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • It is amazing that he put together a midfiled that stitched up the Championship and now has reinvented it, all with stars in reasonably priced cars.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • VINDICATED.... As Pilks says above and I quote, “You’ve seen Elliott Bennett do what he does every week in training". Let's have some more please.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • My wife and I were part of the away following at White Hart Lane - what a party we had! Impressed with PL's positive selection we simply didn't look back from the off. Johnson is like a new player (must be the diet!) with Pilks and Benno ripping into Spurs at every opportunity. Morison's play puzzles me though - he hasn't looked anywhere near as lethal as he was at the start of the season. Staying up is like another promotion - 3 in a row! OTBC

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Barely that, Swiss! E.Benno has never played in the championship! He's adjusting fantastically.

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    Billy

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Well, done Lobbo! Poor little Elliott will probably now be s**** in training and not get picked!! Apart from not having his shooting boots on, EB has turned in a lot of top, hard-working performances on match days. This new-look midfield looks a lively young bunch and we still have the wise old Wessi and the wily old Fox in the armoury. Looking good. Congratulations on your Absolution Lobbo! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • PS. Lobbo, I thought Yorkshire once had an East, West and North Riding. Couldn`t bring themselves to use an effete word like "South". Which county is Barnoldiswick in these days? What colour Rose does the town sign bear? Bit like Trithial Pursuits. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 13, 2012

  • Yep, even Jock "Kafu" McMartin was born in old Blighty. When the furriners do appear, it`s marginal; Scouse Yank, Canadian West Indian, and the Welsh, Irish and true Scots (King of Spain) are fairly local. I bet the Prince of Spain has an auntie in Gibraltar or the Falklands! You read all this guff about "food miles". How about "player miles"? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Saw EB at Man City and he was lost. Up front when he needed to be back then defending when we needed him to breal forward; timid in the tackle. At QPR he was aggressive, quick thinking and sharp. Like many of the team his decision making needs to improve but remember that according to the seven year plan we should be making the Div 1 playoffs by now!

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • I think you`re Riding your luck there, Lobbo. The Yorkshire Tea thing is just a a remake of a remark made by an old lady in a Care Home I once worked in. A Suffolk born lass, widow of a Yorkshireman. Bought her a box of "Yorkshire Tea" for her birthday. She said, "do you know, in all those years oop there, I never saw a tea plantation in`t Dales". Norfolk`s main produce these days is Samphire for the burgeoning gastropub scene. Norwich born, too. 1948 vintage. I remember our Queen popping in, for a cup of Pekoe Tips tea and a sugar sandwich, in 1952. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 13, 2012

  • tomthetaxi, another attempt. Was reflecting that, had Kafu McMartin chosen to be English instead of Scottish (Scottish father, but born in Brighton?), that would have been a 100% English starting line-up. The overall picture is very British, too, with a couple of Welshmen, The King of Spain etc. Leaves only the Prince of Spain, Scouserican Whitbread and O`Wessi as "furriners". Even Jackson is a Caribbean Canadian, so at least a Commonwealth connection. Lambert, of course, is quintessentially English!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • and food for thought Brewer, if you split Yorkshire up into its separate counties, ie. North, South and West then Norfolk is England largest county, (should see if tea grows there). Anyway I was born in Norwich, where were you born !!!!! Love all this. OTBC

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • and food for thought Brewer, if you split Yorkshire up into its separate counties, ie. North, South and West then Norfolk is England largest county, (should see if tea grows there). Anyway I was born in Norwich, where were you born !!!!! Love all this. OTBC

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Good word Brewer, had to look it up though. Hey.. good time to be a city fan. Had any rain down there? we've had plenty in Yorkshire.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Very capable midfield being formed, good times ahead for the Canaries!!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • No spurs supporters about this week...good feature in The Mail today entitled, made in england. Norwich fielded 11 players all born in england, first time since aston vlla 13yrs ago.

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    tom the taxi

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • I agree with you Pondlife that Bennett and others do need to improve areas of their game, but they have come on massively since the early days of the season and that is a testament to their attitude and the coaching. I believe we have the youngest squad in the PL. These lads are only going to get better as long as we can keep them and the coaching staff for a few years. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Good news for all Canary fans. The Mustard Pot is to become the Fat Cat & Canary. I am not(never) allowed to comment on pub-related issues on the relevant board, so.......Pub handily placed for match days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Hi benrio - I am sure Sian would!! Old posting, so worry not. The mesiah is nothing if not flexible. Sometimes wish he would stick to a formula - for Fantasy Footie - but he is brave. Crofts looked 'slow and leggy' against Wigan, but who knows? With no doubt 6 ~ 7 new additions over the summer, we may need our passports for after next season.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Ye Gods! Ethered for a friendly reply to tom the taxi! Must have said something worth plagiarising.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Lobbo, if anyone is vindicated it is those who have stood up for Bennett against criticism from people like you. There has been plenty of end product from him in terms of his crossing and, as Brewer rightly says, plenty of hard working displays. Anyway, in response to Soglio, I am not sure we will see that many signings this summer. Lambert has said that it will be more about evolution, not revolution. My guess is that some will go out and we will look to strengthen at FB and up front. As for who will go, that is anybody's guess and we all know we have little chance predicting who will come in. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • benrio, don`t write Crofts off yet! Drury`s back. Lappin still features. Aaron is showing just why PL got him in (top pro). Chris Martin must realise he`s missed a trick...but never say never. BTW, welcome!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Spot on, PLife. They are all on a steep learning curve, but they`re learning all right! EB and AP straight from L1 to the Prem. That`s some ascension. Miracle, really. Ref. Lobbo`s take on EB, I suppose many of us are guilty of having a pet issue. Mine is "How did Gunn get to be Norwich Manager?", even though that nightmare is deep in the past now!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • It was a gentle way of saying what I said! You could lay odds on Yorkshire having better rain than anywhere else. And more of it. Larger drops, too. I was given a box of Yorkshire tea last year, but I have yet to find a tea plantation in Yorkshire. Not rainy enough? Funny place, Yorkshire. Our take on Texas. Boycott came from there......everything is bigger.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Hi thre, first time post, so be gentle ; ) must admit, am loving the dynamic, flexible midfield we have got together..loads of options and tactics, a great time to be a Canary. My one downside seems to be the gradual disappearance of Crofts fro the scene....an awesome player and integral to the promotion, but not quite up to PL standard. dont you just love a hard tackling niggly Welshman, when he's on your side..??

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    benrio

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Legend has it that Lambo, being quizzed by a local hack, once growled "Ye ken I wouldnae tell you if it was dark ootside". You`re right, Preston, FB and striker are the areas. We all have our wish lists and theories, but only Lambo & Co know. Ref. E. Bennett, his defensive qualities are top-drawer, too. He has deputised at RB and always helps out the defence, as evidenced by that calm headed back-pass v Spurs. Really Top Lad. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Why don't we buy a couple of referees over the summer. Everyone else seems to have them. They are cheap to run, reliable in a tight spot and rarely get injured.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Preston, all I ever said, and I might have said it more than once, was that " Elliott Bennett must be really good in training", and Pilks says he is !!!! My case rests.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • PS. Lobbo, I thought Yorkshire once had an East, West and North Riding. Couldn`t bring themselves to use an effete word like "South". Which county is Barnoldiswick in these days? What colour Rose does the town sign bear? Bit like Trithial Pursuits. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 13, 2012

  • Good word Brewer, had to look it up though. Hey.. good time to be a city fan. Had any rain down there? we've had plenty in Yorkshire.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Now, Swiss, that IS a great idea!! Club ref.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 13, 2012

  • You are dissembling, Lobbo!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

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