ANTHONY PILKINGTON surveyed Town’s 1-1 home draw with Carlisle United – and held his hands up.
The honest 21-year-old winger admitted: “We have to do better as a team and I have to do better individually.”
Pilkington put Town in front with a rare headed goal in the 50th minute, Town’s 50th in League I this season and his fifth in all competitions.
But like his teammates, the former Stockport man was hugely frustrated by the Cumbrians’ 83rd-minute equaliser, notched by Ben Marshall.
“I have to accept a lot of the responsibility, because I should have cut out the cross that led to their goal,” added Pilkington.
Now he wants seventh-placed Town to respond by carving out a fourth away league win of the campaign at Brighton tomorrow.
“We failed to take the three points from this game and there’s nothing we can do about it now,” said Pilkington.
“But we can go to Brighton and win, and that’s very much the intention.”
Pilkington, who returned from a hamstring injury to take the place of Danny Drinkwater, continued: “We started too slowly.
“We’re not happy with that and we’re certainly not happy at drawing after going ahead.
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“You could say we had a bad day at the office, but there’s been too many of them, and we have to hit back quick.
“It’s good that we have another game so soon, and this is a big, big spell, because with four successive Tuesday night games coming up, we have a great opportunity to climb the table.
“The lads showed down at Yeovil that we can make the long trips and win, so why not do the same at Brighton?”
Of his goal against Carlisle, Pilkington said: “I don’t get many with my head, and it was nice to see it go in. I had another good chance near the end as well, and really I should have put it away to clinch a win.”
Brighton are battling to escape the relegation zone under Uruguayan boss Gus Poyet and picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient.
But like Town, they will be annoyed it wasn’t all three after leading through Glenn Murray, only for Scott McGleish to level.
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