Anthony Pilkington targets a fresh start at Norwich City

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington was not involved at Wolves. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington was not involved at Wolves. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30 AM

Norwich City’s Republic of Ireland international Anthony Pilkington aims to make up for lost time after his bit-part role in the Canaries’ struggles last season.

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Pilkington played his first 90 minutes since February’s Premier League 0-0 draw with Manchester City in the opening practice match of the club’s Italian tour.

The 26-year-old only made 10 starts in Norwich’s ill-fated top flight campaign after being hampered with a series of injuries and Pilkington did not feature at all during Neil Adams’ brief spell in charge towards the end of the season, but the former Huddersfield wide player is striving to put that right after the club took up an option in his contract to keep him at Carrow Road for the new challenge ahead.

“I can’t wait to get going,” he said. “No football player enjoys pre-season but it has to be done and you want to get the season started. The coaches would say the same. It will be a long hard season and you need to be ready for it. The new boys have settled, especially Laffs (Kyle Lafferty), and they are getting used to how the manager wants to do things here.

“It’s good we are here for eight or nine days to get to know each other. For me, I’m just taking things one step at a time and that means trying to get into the team and take it from there.”

Pilkington sat out Wednesday’s open training session in Chatillon Saint Vincent, along with Russell Martin and Alex Tettey, to rest some bumps and bruises ahead of Friday’s tour fnale against SC Bastia, but the midfielder looked sharp in scoring a brace in the 13-0 practice win over a regional select side.

“It wasn’t ideal circumstances and everyone has seen how poor the opposition were,” he said. “It is no fault of the coaching staff or the players. We just have to get on with it in a professional manner and we did that.

“To get 90 minutes, which is the first in about six months for me, was good to get the cobwebs out of the legs. From that point of view it wasn’t too bad and it is always nice to get a couple of goals, but I think nearly everybody scored. For me personally it was about fitness and we did it professionally.”

Pilkington, speaking to the club’s official website, insists he is up to speed after joining Adams’ squad later in the pre-season preparations following his extended international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Martin O’Neill’s men played two friendly games in America prior to the World Cup as the Irish look to gear up for the 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign.

“I was still playing three or four weeks into the pre-season break so in that respect coming back a little bit later hasn’t made any real 
difference,” he said. “I wasn’t really behind too much. Myself and Wes (Hoolahan) and Martin (Olsson) had done all the testing when we came back and we were just the same as the other lads. They just got a longer break.”

20 comments

  • you are correct Brew. If it wasnt for getting news as it happens I wouldnt be on it. As you say, far too many idiots. Makes this boards turnips look like modern day Stephen Hawkins! Twitter is flooded with basically all the Jarrold stand fans who never say a word on a match day but suddenly become a footballing god via the power of social media and appear to be sat waiting, phone in hand, ready to comment you to death the minute you dare mention anything about NCFC. I had one lad a few seasons back giving me the most horrific verbal abuse because I disagreed with him comment of "Chris Martin is world class". While I have nothing against Chrissy he certainly isn't 'world class'. The Young lad who from his display picture looked about 15 and ready to go on Xfactor wouldn't dare speak to anyone (let alone a 6ft2, 15 stone gigantor) like he was. If only twitter had the filter system archie uses.....then again maybe twitter is better.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • I`m not embracing Twitter, Mattias. Too many tw@s on it from what I`ve gleaned. It should be rebadged "Tw@ter". IMHO. Yes, LincsCan - Holty. Once Norwich were sure of promotion from L1, Lambo sent Holty off for a "little ankle op. Clean it up a bit". I bet, if needed, Holty would`ve played the last couple of games. He even apologised, to we mere peripheral fans, for not being at his best at the start of the following season. You couldn`t help feeling that he actually meant it. Fine fellow. A role model. Or should be.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good point goldie. Can't believe how happy clappy some are about this bit part player. He certainly owes the club some special performances. As for him missing the open training to "rest some bumps and bruises", when did Grant Holt sit out anything for that reason?

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Brew, you need to get on the old intra-web & embrace the wonder that is twitter you twit. ;) Rob Butler will likely be more than happy to confirm the Holt comments and I highly suspect they will still be on the Radio Norfolk Website somewhere as it was a top show and they tend to keep the good bits for play back. There is 2 technically. The slightly 'nicey nicey' one immediately after he left for Wigan, and then the more to point, no more Mr Nice guy one he did when he called into McVeigh & butler on radio norfolk. Very interesting listens, especially coming from someone as well liked & respected as Grant Holt.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I think there were rumours that Newcastle were sniffing around at one time, Goldie. Maybe just his agent flying kites though.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • In all the time Pilkinton has been at City has anyone tried to buy this excellent player or even been rumored to want him. I take it thats a no then.

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Oooh; the "H" word. We don`t need that, Matt. That`s the currency of the She-Devil in your back yard. Trust me. I wish I`d heard those Holty comments. I wonder, oh how I wonder, why, oh why, did it take so long for the Board to DO something about those things that were so plainly amiss with our playing set-up? Hyacinth has retro-inserted his claim to having wanted to do something about the management team earlier. Then we have the "nobody available" stuff from the kitchen, prior to belatedly appointing our own Neil Adams. Had they forgotten him? Or what? I really hope Adams can do the business. He has a lot to prove. I wish him all the luck in the world. I`m sure he can rely on Hyacinth for his support. Interesting times.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well said guys. I pointed the same points out last season when far too many were happy to ignore the problems and pray they went away. Every club has issues that go on behind closed doors but NCFC had soo many issues on public display. Whether it was pilks saying he felt we should never have sold Vaughan or Grant Holt saying he knows exactly why the NO striker could or would score in regular fashion while Hughton was in charge, it shouldnt have happened in public view. Hopefully we've turned that corner now and can move forward under Adams. No more Wes Hoolahan type saga's in the public eye for the media to twist and make into what they want. 100% focus on the team, 0% on any negativity. Only takes one silly story for 'that' portion of our fans to fly off the handle and make someone a hate figure over nothing.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well remembered, waclor! I suppose Vaughan did end up with a few injuries at Huddersfield, but a feisty player like him is bound to pick up some knocks. He did manage a goal tally in the teens, I think. Grant Holt must`ve been Superman, cos he hardly ever got injured despite his physical style of play. Hughton must`ve been carrying a chunk of Kryptonite under his Premier Man jumper. Was Calderwood really Lex Luthor? Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but would Vaughan have fared any worse than RvW and Hooper? Water under the bridge. Silence from the Sleepwalkers` Box... Regarding Pilks, when Lambo recruited him, he had yet to recover from a serious injury and he showed a lot of fortitude in doing that. Let`s hope he can do it again. Those guys didn`t suddenly become bad players. Let`s hope Neil & Co. can get them fired up again. Fingers crossed. PS. I`ve not become a Happy Clapper - there`s plenty of those already, eh Dubya? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Too true. I said that at the time... Pilks sly comment about Vaughan scoring a hat trick spoke volumes about the feeling towards CHs tactics. Not to mention Grant Holts opinion! I also mentioned that it showed a complete lack of nerve and leadership from CH for not penalising Pilks for being so outspoken.

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    mikeskisandflies

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Pilk's frustration with the departed idiot three started very early in their ill-starred reign, when they gave James Vaughan away. His judgement is pretty sound then and I hopes he proves to be as gifted on the pitch next season. He cannot help his injury record and we should all wish him well.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I believe he is in the last year of his contract so I had half expected him to be off.Seems not.Maybe potential suitors have been put off by last season's injuries.That means he needs to impress this season so could be motivational to get a new one.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Always looked forward to getting back playing, but I did dread the intensive fitness work you get for the first few weeks. However viewing the images NCFC have supplied all summer it appears the attitude towards pre-season has changed slightly. While it is still hard work, they were doing ball work 1st day back. I remember when I wouldnt see a football for the first week and would sweat enough to fill a bath! Of course im sure seeing £10,000 appear in my bank account each week would get me through it a lot easier if I was Mr Pilks ;) on a serious note I truly hope he has a season free of injury, bumps and bruises as the more comp we have in each area of the pitch the better surely! Im willing to forgive the multiple tantrums I saw in front of my ST seat at Carrow Road last season as I imagine i'd be just as frustrated playing under Chris hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Without doubt a very talented player when he wants to be but sometimes comes over as a big time Charlie in that he always plays well against the top sides but seems less interested against the minnows. The statement that no player likes pre season says a lot, I may have played at a lower level but I always looked forward to pre-season.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Can't help but feel this is a little fair weathered. Sure, he's a decent enough player and yes he's had his injury problems, but wasn't he want-away in the last season or two? Has it now dawned on him through realisation that no one has come in for him so now he's wanting to give it a shot at Norwich? Footballers should just focus on what's right in front of them and let the rest of it look after itself....

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    danpez

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • On the pitch time is going to be important for Pilks. He needs to convince people he can last 90 minutes on a regular basis.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Pilks on his day is a very good player and one of the few that is genuinely 'two footed' and is a great crosser of the ball. Let's all go really positive and kick last season's total debacle well and truly into the long grass and give everybody a 'clean slate'.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I had to laugh a little when reading the live notes by Paddy in Italy during the open training session. "Pilks & Tettey are sitting out injured with minor bumps and bruises". If I had to bet every penny I have on which NCFC player would miss something through injury it be on Pilks! Do feel sorry for him as he was always rather injury prone before joining NCFC. Hes better being a Good championship player than an average premier league player in my opinion so here's hoping he stays fit!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • .......... boring Lincs, yawn ! One things for sure, p1lky will be fighting to get into NA's thoughts for that Wolves game and kick on from there to play an integral part of the season .......... why post negative comments when all the guys doing is letting us know he's just frustrated at being on the sidelines .......... on the pitch is where it matters and I wish AP all the best .......... oh yeah, he is an asset (well done on that score .......... OTBC)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I want to be kind to Pilks and there is no doubt he is an asset when fit (if ever). Sorry to read that he was working while the other lads had a longer break. Working, in his world, being playing football for his country in the United States. That would be a dream holiday for many young men his age.Now he is back to the day job, prancing around Italy, a chore which, as he says, no player really enjoys. And then, having graced our colours for a full 90 minutes friendly match, his first full game since Feb, he sits out the training session on Wednesday to rest his bumps and bruises. He must be a real boon to the team bonding process.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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