ANTHONY PILKINGTON believes the character shown in salvaging a derby draw against Leeds bodes well for Town’s League I promotion chances.
The 21-year-old scored the goal which put his side ahead early on, then set up fellow winger Gary Roberts’ 85th-minute equaliser after Leeds struck twice in five minutes midway through the second half.
The point stretched Town’s unbeaten League I run to 11 matches and kept them sixth in the table ahead of tomorrow’s big trip to Southampton.
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“It was frustrating to be behind, and we shouldn’t have been because I thought we’d been on top for 75% of the game,” said Pilkington, who saw Jonathan Howson and Luciano Becchio score for second-placed Leeds.
“But credit to the lads, because we showed some real character to fight our way back into it and get a point, which was the least we deserved.
“That’s what we’re about, and an 11-match unbeaten run and still being unbeaten at home is a great record to take into the remaining games.
“We’ve been playing well away from home of late, and I see no reason why we can’t go down to Southampton and get the result we want.”
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Pilkington’s goal took a deflection, but he said: “If you don’t shoot, you don’t score, and it was only a slight nick!”
Of Roberts’ leveller, he said: “I could see a few of our lads at the far post so I just tried to deliver the ball into the danger area as accurately as I could, and it was a great finish by Gary.”
Saturday’s lunchtime clash drew a crowd of 21,764 on tickets issued, with 3,995 from Leeds.