We're not getting carried away, says Pilkington
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Winger Anthony Pilkington insists Norwich City must not get too carried away despite sweeping aside fellow-promoted side Swansea City on Saturday.
Norwich were at their free-flowing best for long spells with Pilkington at the heart of most of their attacking forays but the former Huddersfield man knows that tougher tasks lie ahead in the Premier League.
“We’ve just got to keep our feet on the ground and just remember that this is the toughest league in the world.
“We can’t get too carried away with a few wins – we can go and enjoy it because we’ve worked hard for it but we have to settle down again on Monday and realise that we are playing in the best league in the world and this is where we want to stay at the end of the season.
“It’s going to be a lot more ups and downs through the season and we are going to have to work really hard for it.”
Pilkington was able to banish the memory of his miss against Manchester United after just 48 seconds against the Swans when he swept the ball home from eight yards following a fine knockback from Steve Morison.
He followed this up with a smart finish in the second half and he hopes the double will go some way to making up for his miss at Old Trafford.
“I’ve seen the chance a few times but everyone misses chances,” he said. “It’s how you bounce back from that and I’ve been grateful that after 48 seconds I could put it right. I wasn’t going to miss that one today. The gaffer just said to keep doing your stuff and the goals will come and luckily today they have. After the previous week where I have missed a few chances I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game.”
Pilkington now sits as the Canaries’ top scorer with three goals but as long as someone keeps putting the ball in the net he insisted it is not a stat that he is getting too hung up on. It doesn’t really matter who scores the goals at the end of the day – it’s all about the three points,” he insisted. “The manager just says to us to get in and around the box and be creative. He wants us to provide goals and score goals. It doesn’t matter who gets them.”
Pilkington admitted he sometimes has to pinch himself to understand just how far he has come after coming through non-league football to realise his Premier League dream.
Scoring a goal in front of a packed Barclay Stand is a little different to lashing one home in front of one man and his dog.
“You can’t beat scoring in the Premier League – there’s nothing that beats that, maybe scoring for your country. It’s been a big step up and I love playing against the big teams in the big stadiums – you can’t beat it. This is where I want to be and hopefully we can do well over the course of the season and stay in this league. I’ve scored goals when there is nothing behind the goal but trees and grass and whatever. I’ve worked really hard for it and it’s paying off now.”