Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington has his say over Wolves absence
06:30 11 August 2014
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Anthony Pilkington was a notable absentee from Norwich City’s matchday squad at Wolves with the midfielder using his personal Twitter account to make it clear he was fit for duty.
"Hi pal @paddyjdavitt just to clarify mate no niggle been fully-fit all pre-season"
City chief Neil Adams stated in his post-match interview the Republic of Ireland midfielder had missed training on Friday but travelled to the Black Country with the rest of the squad. Pilkington has recently been linked with a Bolton transfer switch, but Adams reiterated there was nothing untoward in the absences of Pilkington or Gary Hooper (calf) who was also ruled out.
“I said during the build-up that picking a bench is as hard if not harder than the starting line-up,” he said. “We have one or two niggles and Anthony himself did not train on Friday. You go with what you feel and cover yourself in all positions. Anthony travelled with us but he wasn’t involved. I felt we had the bench to deal with everything. With Gary we hope he will be involved this week. He has picked up that injury, a calf strain, and we hope he will be fit. Only time will tell.”
Lewis Grabban was a genuine bright spot for Adams on a day when little went to plan against Wolves at Molineux.
Grabban was denied twice by home keeper Carl Ikeme in the second period as he looked to maintain his fine goalscoring form in pre-season following his summer switch from Bournemouth, where he had plundered more than 20 goals on the south coast last season.
Adams conceded the frontman’s best chance was when he latched on to Russell Martin’s deep ball but miscued a right-footed effort from the edge of the six-yard box that allowed Ikeme the chance to shovel behind for a corner, but he saw enough to underline why he was keen to make him his first summer signing.
“He had a couple of opportunities and he was a whisker away from the first one,” said Adams. “I really thought he had scored when he went through and hit it down the right-hand channel. I thought the ball was going in but it got a deflection. He works the line well, he has got goals in him, as we all saw from last season, and he could have had a couple more.”