Pilkington glad to bounce back
Norwich forward Anthony Pilkington was pleased to put his Old Trafford nightmare behind him and score a double against Swansea.
Last Updated: 16/10/11 10:13pm
Norwich forward Anthony Pilkington was pleased to put his Old Trafford nightmare behind him and score a double to help the Canaries ease past Swansea on Saturday.
Manchester United were expected to hammer Norwich two weeks ago, but Paul Lambert's men put in an impressive display and missed a hatful of chances before going down 2-0.
Pilkington hit a post and also missed an easy chance to put the promoted side ahead when clean through against the champions, but he was on much better form on Saturday as he scored twice to send Swansea home to Wales with nothing.
The 23-year-old, a £2million summer signing from Huddersfield, rifled home his first with less than a minute on the clock and then went on to wrap up the 3-1 win with a close-range finish after a neat turn to lose his marker.
"I've seen the chance I missed at United a few times. It was painful watching it," Pilkington said.
"But everyone misses chances. Everyone is human. It's how you bounce back from that.
"The gaffer said just keep doing your stuff and the goals will come and luckily they have.
"I have been grateful that I had the chance to put it right after 48 seconds. I wasn't going to miss that one."
After beginning his career in non-league football with Stockport, two years ago Pilkington was plucked from obscurity by Huddersfield, where he starred in the club's League One campaign before breaking his leg towards the end of the season.
The youngster bounced back from the injury and put in a series of impressive displays which persuaded Norwich to take a gamble on him this summer.
Pilkington, who is now the Canaries' top scorer with three goals, is loving life at the top.
"You can't beat the feeling of scoring in the Premier League," he said. "I have worked really hard and it's all paying off now.
"It's been a big step up for me and it's one that I like to think I'm thriving on.
"I love playing against the big teams in the big stadiums."