Pilk­ing­ton: Ca­naries are Liv-ing the dream!

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

AN­THONY PILK­ING­TON is dream­ing of Nor­wich end­ing a re­mark­able sea­son by achiev­ing the un­think­able goal of fin­ish­ing above 18-times cham­pi­ons Liver­pool.

Many book­mak­ers had the Ca­naries as favourites for rel­e­ga­tion af­ter their pro­mo­tion last sea­son.

But they’ve de­fied the crit­ics and are 15 points clear of dan­ger with five games still to play.

They claimed their most im­pres­sive win of the sea­son on Mon­day when they be­came the only club other than Man United and Man City to win at Tot­ten­ham.

The 2-1 vic­tory, which could have been by a big­ger mar­gin had ref Michael Oliver awarded them two clear penal­ties, means the Nor­folk club have amassed 42 points – the same as Ful­ham and top-flight heavy­weights Liver­pool.

Pilk­ing­ton, who scored the opener at White Hart Lane, is de­lighted that his team have proved all the doubters wrong.

Scalp

And now he’s dream­ing of climb­ing above Kenny Dal­glish’s men by the end of the sea­son.

“All the pun­dits were talk­ing about us fin­ish­ing bot­tom, so to fin­ish above Liver­pool would be un­heard of,” said the Nor­wich winger.

“I’m from the north­west, so that would be a mas­sive scalp.”

Boss Paul Lam­bert has rightly earned much praise for the way he has guided his team into the top half of the ta­ble af­ter suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions.

And he’s ready to pull off an­other mas­sive shock when Roberto Mancini’s Manch­ester City come to Car­row Road on Satur­day.

Pilk­ing­ton has warned Mancini’s squad that the Ca­naries are now brim­ming with con­fi­dence and are fully ca­pa­ble of end­ing the Blues’ ti­tle hopes this week­end.

“They need to come out and beat us to stand any chance of win­ning the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

“But we’ll carry on with what we’re do­ing and try to take three points off them as well.

“We’ve played all sea­son with­out fear and we’ve proved that we’re more than a match for any­one.

“We won’t take our foot off the gas, and we’ll hope for an­other win against one of the best sides in Europe.”

HIGH HOPES:

Pilk­ing­ton would love to fin­ish above

Liver­pool

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