Pilkington: Canaries are Liv-ing the dream!
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.
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.”
Pilkington would love to finish above