HUDDERSFIELD Town's Anthony Plikington reflected on the champagne strike which sank Sheffield Wednesday and insisted: “Victory was the most important thing.”
The highly-rated wideman beat Owls’ keeper Nicky Weaver with a sweetly-struck 27th-minute shot to earn Town’s first win in four games in front of a 14,900 Galpharm crowd (17,024 on tickets issued).
The 1-0 League I success, which completed a first double over Wednesday since 1953-54 after Town’s 2-0 win at Hillsborough in November, followed a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Carlisle United, and Pilkington pointed out: “Four points from six is promotion form.
“This is a big win for us and now the challenge is to maintain these kind of results over the busy period which lies ahead.”
Town boss Lee Clark, whose side are fourth, described Pilkington’s strike as “worthy of winning any game at any level in any country”.
The goal in front of the Sky cameras was Pilkington’s 11th of the season and he earned a bottle of bubbly as the television firm’s man of the match.
But the 22-year-old was quick to heap praise on his teammates, insisting: “I thought we all played an important part in this win.
“I got the goal, and it was great to see it fly in, but Lee Peltier played a big part in bombing on to create the space for me.
“The manager encourages me to cut in and shoot whenever the chance arises, and I could see the target opening up.”
Pilkington also played his part in Town’s defensive effort, and he added: “You have to contribute to both sides of the game and I’m more than happy to do that.
“From what the rest of the lads say, they value that as much as me putting the ball in the net, and that’s nice to hear.”
Pilkington and his teammates are now preparing for Saturday’s home FA Cup third-round clash with Dover Athletic, who went fourth in the Conference South by winning 7-2 at Thurrock yesterday.
Wales Under 21 striker Adam Birchall, who started his career at Arsenal, scored five of Dover’s goals to take his season’s haul to 27.