DANNY CADAMARTERI is backing Anthony Pilkington to become a big star with Town.
Lively character Cadamarteri – who boosted his hopes of a new contract with the winning goal at Bristol Rovers in midweek – knows a thing or two about making a mark in the professional game.
His career has taken him via Everton, Fulham, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield United, Grays Athletic, Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers to the Galpharm Stadium.
He has played alongside some very big names and worked under a wide variety of managers in that time, and he’s confident Town are on the right track under Lee Clark to achieve promotion in the not-too-distant future.
While he wants to be part of that himself – he is out of contract in the summer – Cadamarteri is convinced that Pilkington is destined for big things following his January transfer from Stockport County.
The 29-year-old said: “Anthony has played really well, not just in the recent matches but ever since he came here.
“He has been an inspiration for us and he’s definitely got that little bit about him which picks him out.
“Pilks can make an impact on either side of the pitch, he can go outside people or come in strongly from the wing and he’s got a great delivery with either foot.
“On top of that, he chips into all aspects of the game and he can score goals. His finish at Bristol Rovers the other night was fantastic, it showed what a really good finisher he is and I reckon he’s going to be a massive asset for us.”
Manager Clark has been delighted with Pilkington, too, but the boss also reckons Cadamarteri had his best game of this year at the Memorial Ground, where he was basically the lone central frontman in a 4-5-1 formation.
“I don’t know whether the gaffer is right or not – I don’t tend to analyse myself too much, I just try to do my best,” explained Cadamarteri, whose winner was his second goal of the season and second in three games after a calf injury.
“I was very happy to get the win and I did feel good in the match. I had a good rest in the few days we were down there between the Hereford and Bristol games and I think it really benefited me. I enjoyed the game, I enjoyed the result and getting on the scoresheet was just a bonus.”
Cadamarteri smiled as he admitted it made up for his late miss against Cheltenham.
“We were pressing hard and Pilks did really well before putting in a great cross,” he said.
“He got the ball in just the right area and I got a clean connection this time and just made sure I got the header on target.
“I was disappointed with the Cheltenham one (he scuffed a late header after netting an opener for Town and the game finished 2-2) but I was delighted to make up for that as it gave us two away wins on the bounce.”
On his role against Rovers, he added: “We just tried to match them up with me down the middle and Pilks and Robbo (Gary Roberts) joining me going forward.
“The gaffer just asked me to put myself about as much as I could and that’s what I tried to do. It can be a hard position to play at times, but I just tried to stay as available and as involved as I could and it seemed to work well.”