Pilkington delighted to make up for miss
Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington was delighted his double against Swansea could go some way to making up for his miss against Manchester United earlier this month.
With the score at 0-0 at Old Trafford the summer signing from Huddersfield dragged his shot wide when one-on-one with Anders Lindegaard but he showed the miss had done nothing to knock his confidence in front of goal against the Swans.
Just 48 seconds were on the clock when Steve Morison knocked back Elliott Bennett's cross into his path and one swish of his left boot all but banished the lingering memory of his miss against the champions.
'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 that 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.'
While fans will revel in City securing their third win of the season in the top-flight, Pilkington insisted the squad aren't getting carried away.
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Norwich were able to swat aside a Swansea side that had just one 15-minute spell in the first half when they showed what they are capable of but Pilkington knows that tougher tasks lie ahead of him and the rest of the squad.
'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's brace means he is now City's top goalscorer with three goals but as long as someone gets the goals, the winger will not be doing too much bragging to his team-mates.
'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.'
The 23-year-old 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.'