Anthony Pilkington can be a real asset to Norwich City over the Premier League run-in insists Chris Hughton.

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The Republic of Ireland international midfielder made his return from a hamstring injury in the closing stages of the 1-0 win over Hull.

Pilkington’s season has been blighted by a series of injury setbacks but Hughton is in no doubt over his value to the cause.

“It has been frustrating for him because he is a good player and even before my time I think when he is fully fit and firing he is a real asset,” he said. “Unfortunately that is part and parcel of the game and something he has to deal with but it is good to see him back. If you look at what we have had to deal with in the last month or so with injuries, it is good to start getting these players back.”

Pilkington replaced new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez against the Tigers and Hughton expects the Argentine international to prove his worth.

“I thought in phases he was good,” said Hughton. “We took him off because he hasn’t really played too much football. What he gives us is experience, on the pitch and in the training room and I am quite sure he will be a very good addition.”

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12 comments

  • He will never still be fit come the run in!

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Look forward to Pilks playing again, he is a very skillful player when he has a mind to play flat out but he is a tad lazy and easily injured it seems. He could be another Bale if he was to put more effort in for 90 minutes.

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    goldie

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • …..Just had another thought...that's 2 today!....With rather a lot of players giving their support, on demand, to the head of operations....I am sure at least ONE of them would be interested enough to say a few truthful words in these columns...under a false name of course.....after all there were over 2000 voters on whether Hoolahan should go or stay!.... Wes himself could be the first to accept and perhaps use the screen name 'W.H.O.14' ! That would be novel!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • You could be right there, Stew. Though, as Pilks is a Hoots detractor\dissident, maybe Archant are binning any comments? I wonder what Pilks` views are on the Wessi scenario? I wonder if Aston Villa fancy Pilks? Is Calderwood next to go there? Their training ground is on Bodymoor Heath; sounds just right for him to ply his eldritch trade. Is that better, Stew, ol` buddy? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Just as it's good to see Chris back in control after that massive win against Hull at home. Of course if we lose to Newcastle I'll just think I've listened to a whole lot of hot air for ten days.

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    Gruff

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • He`ll never be as quick as Bale either, goldie! A journeyman, really. I will admit I do not `get` the W.H.O. 14 thing, Stew. Please apprise me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Lets hope he stays fit till the end of the season.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Wow! That's some effort!

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    Smudger75

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • …..Come on Brew..... I know its late....but surely W es..HOols 14 should ring a bell.....what about vW 9....RUDD 1, or foxy canary, or Ben Chio.... Anything from the inside would be appreciated!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • …...It's 5 hours since the previous posting on this board....no further comments!....is this an indication as to the interest shown in Pilkington?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Oh goody, Pilks is fit again and will be an answer to allour prayers. I don't think so personally, he hasn't exactly pulled up any trees this season and he is as likely to spend more time on the sidelines than "sicknote" Anderton. What we need is for McNally, Delia and MWJ to actually realise what Hughton and his cohorts are doing to this club, get rid of them, and give the new manager time to come in, use our flair players try to actually win games, and rescue our season. Thank Goodness there are equally as bad teams out there, otherwise we would probably be doomed already.

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • .....All your problems solved now Chrissy!....give him a Barley Sugar....that should give him energy and keep him sweet!...let's hope he doesn't, slap in a transfer request next week !!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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