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Pilkington: This point could be massive at the end of the season

25 January 2022

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Midfielder Anthony Pilkington spoke to the media after netting a last-gasp equaliser to secure a point for Fleetwood Town against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.

Pilkington finished off what was a brilliant comeback from the Cods on a old midweek night on the Fylde Coast as he added on to Paddy Lane’s earlier strike from range and Ellis Harrison’s leaping header just before the added time was shown in the second half.

Here’s what Anthony had to say after the game:

On getting his goal…

“It’s good to get the goal, its for a point this time which could be massive come the end of the season. The lads have been brilliant again today; we started the game well, as we did against Charlton, and we’ve gone a goal down which we thought we were hard done by for but Paddy [Lane] had a decent strike go in which got us back in the game.

“[Callum] Campsy had an effort and Ellis [Harrison] got us back into it again at 3-2 and the goalkeeper had to make some good saves throughout. It’s a point at the end of the day when it looked like we were going to get beat, but that says a lot about the squad. The team spirit is brilliant as everyone is fighting right until the end and we’ve done it again tonight.”

On it feeling like a win…

“It feels like a victory; we set out to win every single game we play in, and I think we are good enough to do that. We were unlucky at Charlton as we had chance after chance for the first 15-20 minutes, we were brilliant. We didn’t put the ball in the back of the net, but we’ve managed to do so three times tonight.

“We’ve bounced back from the weekend as we didn’t want to lose two times on the run, and we’ve managed that. It was looking a bit gloomy towards the last 10 minutes, but the lads have dug deep and given everything again.”

On his return from injury...

“With me coming back from India last year and having six months off as their season finishes in February, I was off my feet for a little while, so it took me a bit to get going and I got struck with an injury around October time as I was getting in the swing of things which was tough.

“I wasn’t enjoying not being able to help the lads in training as I was doing rehab sessions without the boys, but I’m just managing myself better now in terms of my training load and I’m open and honest with the fitness coaches if I need to do less in order to be ready for the games. The longer I can stay on the training pitch and be available for the manager, the better."

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