Anthony Pilkington - Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has the X-factor

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan can be the difference for club and country says Anthony Pilkington. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan can be the difference for club and country says Anthony Pilkington. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:00 AM

Wes Hoolahan brings the X-factor for club and country according to Norwich and Republic of Ireland team mate Anthony Pilkington.

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Hoolahan has started both City’s last two Premier League matches and the Republic’s recent friendly against Serbia after a turbulent few months for the Dubliner who had a transfer request rejected following interest from Aston Villa. Pilkington insists the 31-year-old has the class and the quality to make his mark over City’s crucial top flight run-in and be a key man in Martin O’Neill’s Irish set-up.

“Wes makes a massive difference to any team when he gets a chance and it’s great to see that he is showing that with Ireland now, he is a player they can build a team around,” he said. “I have played with Wes week in, week out for a few years now. I always knew what he could do but he is finally now getting a chance to show at international level what he is capable of. He did really well in the Serbia game the other night, he got the man of the match award and he deserved it. Hopefully he can keep up that good form in the next few weeks and months for Norwich and then kick on again with Ireland when we come back in May.”

Pilkington’s injury-hit season has limited his own chance to impress for the Irish with the 25-year-old making just nine Premier League starts for the Canaries.

“It has been a very frustrating time for me with Ireland since I first came into the squad,” he told the Irish Herald. “I love meeting up with the squad every chance I get, every time I am in a squad is a chance for me to get my face in there and then try to get onto the pitch and show what I can do. There is a lot of competition for the wide places at the moment, it’s probably one of the hardest positions in the team in terms of breaking in. Hopefully I can get a series of 90-minute games under my belt for Norwich and have a strong finish to the season, and then be in a strong position with Ireland in May (for friendlies).”

39 comments

  • Barking Wise; in the eery Suffolk village of Bildeston, there was an antique shop which had, on display in their window, one of the original BBC Daleks. Looked like something Uncle Fred lashed together in the shed after a few too many down the boozer. The proprietor of the shop was much more scary - brought to mind images of the Stephen King character who ran `Needful Things`. Hi, Steely Dan. I took a trip into Gotham City on the Neaves` cattle truck. By 11 am The Glass House was already teeming with the Usual Suspects. Pints of cider & lager, Vodka Red Bulls and the ubiquitous All-Day Cholesterfest much in evidence. And, of course, the trollies. Hey, Matt, perhaps that could be the next disguise for your Tardis? Would be a fair fight with the Daleks then; nobody could escape upstairs!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Agree M333. I wonder what Elmanda was told to get him here. He was probably offered game time. I still think Hooper and RVW want a target man ahead of them. We had one of the best, but he wanted away. There were others available but we missed out because of the cost.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Perhaps Pilks thought he was safe as he was talking to the Irish Herald. Does anybody actually talk to the EDP? See comment on another board about peripherality, detraction and dissention. Pilks seems miffed, as probably explained by Mattias`s comments. How`s the new Tardis going, Matt? Is the `Sheep shed in Sheringham` shape working OK? For me, the best one yet was the Parisian P!ssoir in Paragon Place. Quality. Bless your hearts. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Yes, Steely, they`re not the most joyful places to be. I use them enough to use up my annual allocation of CAMRA 50p off vouchers. In fairness, the beer`s usually fine (if a tad cool) and the prices are good. In most Spoon`s I have been in, the staff are polite and efficient. The Bell and The Glass House are probably the worst in that respect. Paradoxically, Mile Cross`s `Whiffler` has particularly friendly & pleasant staff. If the GH was awful the other day, then the Bell was dire. There was a 14-deep queue for lager and All-Day Cholesterfest. The whole scene was Hogarthian, or perhaps more akin to a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Grotesque. I know somebody who plays the `Cheap Spoon`s Round` trick, too... The Plasterer`s in Cowgate offers a 10% discount for CAMRA members and this is more valuable than the JDW vouchers if you are a regular imbiber there. But the base price at Spoon`s is so low - Troll Cart in Gross Yarmaul had Nelson`s Revenge at £2.20 a pint (less 50p!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Archie just won`t let me comment on this one. Did Pilks really mean "ex-factor"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Will do - I will remind you in about 10 days or so.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Blimey Brew you certainly suffered yesterday. I think I've mentioned before a drinking companion of mine ,whenever its his round, wants to go to a JDW pit. I told him ,once and for all, that I have no intention of ever entering the Glass House again. I had likewise made the same decision regarding the Bell several years ago.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • You`re not old enough to remember the real Dr. Who, Matt! - (Btw, I saw him on the beach at Bacton, complete with socks, sandals & khaki shorts. THE holiday wear on the Norfolk Riviera) - Unless, of course, your grandparents now torture you with re-runs. Get them to put on `Quatermass and the Pit` for you. Now that WAS finger-peeping material. Btw, my aim is to boost your profile and get a share of your new-found fame via Image Rights. When your `What`s My Line` remake hits the Freeview screens, the Sky`s the limit. Fear nobody, Mattias. Nobody to fear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • …..To my friend Sharky I would say that ' if you should turn around in your plush complimentary seat, you would be able to share in the despair that is written over the face of Mr McNally'....It's incredible how much more you see when watching from an electrically adjustable armchair!.....Pilkington has been treated in much the same way as Hoolahan and Benchio, Fox and Whittaker....Can't wonder why they have little admiration for the management....I say management, because I think Hughton is lost, and has turned things over to those beneath him, and between them they are bewildered!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • ….it's no good together!.....Archie won't let me take part any more!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Did someone mention mobility scooters ? Now we're talking.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....you could be pushing your luck Mr Pilkiñgton, saying what must be blindingly obvious to all but the manager and his ass.s....s !...Wes makes the job easier for the other forwards, and encourages each of them to work just that little bit harder !....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Sounds like a good idea. 2 or 3 weeks time? The cattle truck arrives in Gotham about 11am, so I`ll kill time on a cultural tour of St Stephens & watch the swarms of locusts around the Bell. You may have seen me in the Plasterer`s before. Grumpy little git doing crosswords. Safer than having cross words! Another good pub is The Coachmakers` in St. Stephens and the Champion is interesting. The epicentre of Norwich is bereft of decent pubs now. Perhaps the proximity of the JDW Leviathan drove them out. Where`s Cap`n Ahab when you need him?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I mentioned it yesterday but anyone who sits lower Barclay or Snake Pit may have noticed a very angry and upset Pilks on saturday. Redmond asked for a sub as he was clearly shattered. Pilks was sent out on his own to warm up. He did so for over 10 minutes while Redmond continued to bend over everytime the ball went out of play as he was tired. Then we gave the penalty away and Hughton's classic answer was to immediately bring Elmander on. The look on Pilks face as he realised that was the last sub and he wouldnt be required again was awful to see. He then had a strop and sat on the advertising boards for a while looking at the sky. With the talk his contracts up soon, his comments regarding the sale of Vaughan and now this outburst im more sure than ever he will be off in the summer. Long as we get decent money i'll be happy. Spends more time injured than playing anyway.shame though.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • .....even that last one had to go to the Vets first!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • X Factor? Maybe Simon Cowell will give Wes the recognition he deserves if he was to get up on stage and do a few ball tricks.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • M333 yes I saw the Pilkington thing. He was not a happy boy. Then again last time he played he didnt look interested. IMHO

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • To tell you the truth, Mattias, I`m even scared by Eastenders now. Mainly because I don`t understand a word they`re guttering. I have to find a more friendly channel with lots adverts for stair-lifts, powered chairs, death insurance, hip replacements, denture adhesives, river cruises on the Brown Danube (Bure), motability scooters, easy meals, Specsavers and the rest. Oh, for the good old days down Prisoner of War Road.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Steely, the fool that is Archie won`t let me thro`. Précis. Good idea. Speak nearer the time?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • X Factor? Maybe Simon Cowell will give Wes the recognition he deserves if he was to get up on stage and do a few ball tricks.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • what a shame that the one person who matters evidently disagrees with Anthony Pilkington. We all know Wes has the "X Factor except Mr Houghton. As games now run out, how disrespectful to expect Wes Hoolahan to make up for Houghtons dismal failings this season.

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    Bally High

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Yep the Plasterers is now my number one destination in the city. Superb selection and a knowledgeable lad behind the bar. Walk past the Bell at around 9.30am and see all the benefit cheats gathering.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • That's pilks seat booked on the bench for Saturday.

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    alan

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Steely, indeed the young guy behind the bar of the Plasterers` is a gem. He`s not all c0cky but is genuinely interested in what he`s doing. He knows I`m a geriatric retired brewer but never bulls***s, nor does he kowtow. You know, I`ll maybe get a cattle truck in tomorrow and have a pint or two there! I wonder what time they open. Plasterers was on my New Year`s Eve route. Not far away is the Kings Head and the very nearby Bluebell is `interesting`. Landlady thought my brother and I were a `couple`. I said `only if you inc€st`. On the door there is a big sign proclaiming their PC diversity credentials. Ironic or what? Such trolley good fun ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • That's what I love about this site. Sandwiched between Brewer and Fagen swaping pub notes and comparing the number of stamps on their over 60s pub loyalty cards, there is Bally High, still banging on about the magic of Wes, the cras shortsightedness of Crouton and the solecism that is "Houghton". Good on yer, Bally, keep it real, keep it football. Btw, I'm with you on the first two points......but you've really got to address the "Houghton" issue.......preferably before Mr HUGHTON leaves the club.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Archie`s server gets wasserer `n` wasserer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • …..apart from comments like this!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • If you "dis" Mattias, Brew, how will you ever persuade him to use his ill-gotten gains to subsidise BP2's away day return from Plaistow to Norwich. I suppose I could be tempted by a bit of plastering. All participants to remain strictly incognito. It'll make for a good guessing game when we stagger back to our keyboards later in the day. Sorry, Gek, this means you'll have to leave your trademark pink carnation in its vase at home.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • That's handy - he has no future in football

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    Inactive User

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • …..apart from comments like this!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • MB Dr Who was beyond even my generation (Early 80s) but my father loved Everything from Dr Who to Thunderbirds to Captain Scarlet & Stingray etc...He had success with Thunderbirds and ole Captain Scarlet but Dr Who just wasnt for me. (Big wimpy kid I was!). Sharky....I agree, wasnt saying Pilks should be in. For me hes far to injury prone and spent more time out than in the team due to injury. Did feel a bit sorry for him though as at least he was keen to get game time. The issue with the whole Pilks grump saturday was it meant Redmond who was utterly shattered was left to play the full game when even before his signal to come off it was clear he was shattered and wouldnt have anymore impact on the game. Through hughtons choice to bring Elmander on following the penalty we effectively went down to 10 men because Redmond was too tired to impact the game in any shape or form from that point on. Luckily Olsson was on form as he recieved no help from around the 65min onwards. All ifs and buts but just seems we suffer from this if and buts syndrome with Hoots far to often.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • William Hartnell was well known for fluffing his lines on occasions. Now let me see, who does that remind me of? I used to be scared to death watching some of those episodes, but would eventually emerge from behind the sofa, now, I've moved back there.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • You're not alone Mattias. I couldn't relate to Dr Who either. The first incarnation, mentioned by BP2, used to scare me, not because of his time travelling nonsense, but because I expected him to jump out from behind a tree in the woods wearing a buttonless overcoat. As for the Darleks, I never understood how anyone could get too worked up about a creation made from egg cartons which was easily evaded by simply going up a flight of stairs. The Cyber Men were a bit more scary, but then one of them mated with R2D2 and they spawned Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. All very confusing......so I don't bother with the telly nowadays.

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    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • OMFG, blocked!! Steely, sounds like a good idea. 2-3 weeks time. Can exchange fogey notes nearer the time? Lunchtime`s good. Can kill time between the arrival in Gotham City of the Neave`s cattle truck, by taking a cultural tour of the City Centre.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • The Doctor Who references are lost on my old chap. Im likely the only man alive to never have watched a full Doctor Who episode. My father always tried as a child but the original Doctor Who use to scare the life out of me. Real behind the sofa stuff!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • I have undertaken to take my next door neighbour to a hospital appointment on Weds 26th, otherwise no constraints. We should get a gathering of all the old smarta***s, including BPbp, Barking Mad, L. dingo, Stew, Pa Snipps etc. Plus a few whippersnappers like Matt, Matty and Mattias. He`s the only whippersnapper I`ve taken to, really! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I had to insert the €uro symbol to get that through. Sad. Steely, I have long realised that mortality is not so bad when compared to living with the living dead. Death, where is thy sting?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Brew if you are thinking of taking the Neeves express into the Plasterers in two or three weeks time then let me know. I will meet you there. Preferably lunchtime. A Tuesday or Wednesday would suit. I will look for Mr. Alfie Bass.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • I can remember a sofa eating a person. That warped my tiny mind. I was done after that! Nearly as scary as watching Chris Hughton try an set a team up to keep a clean sheet.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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