Norwich winger Pilkington blasts referee Probert after simulation booking

During Saturday's 2-1 win over Wigan, the 24-year-old received a yellow card for diving despite the official admitting he saw contact, leaving the player puzzled

Norwich City man Anthony Pilkington was left unimpressed by referee Lee Probert after being booked for an apparent dive during the Canaries’ 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday.

The win saw Chris Hughton’s side extend their unbeaten run to 10 in the Premier League following a humbling 4-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup the previous Tuesday, but Pilkington was in a state of confusion after the match.

The former Huddersfield man received a yellow card during the first half after he went down under a challenge from Adrian Lopez and, despite replays showing contact, Probert opted to show the midfielder a yellow card for simulation, much to his dismay.

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Speaking to reporters after the match, Pilkington said: “The referee said there was contact but it was the way I went down, so I don’t know what he wants me to do or the way he wants me to go down.

“Maybe he wants me to go down like a sack of spuds and go straight to the ground?

“I don’t know. It’s just a silly one. There has been a lot made of diving over the last few weeks but it’s up to the ref.

“He has got a tough job to do and he thought it was a dive, where as I thought it was a little bit harsh.

“[But] we got a massive win and that’s what we are going to be talking about. We go on to next week full of confidence.

“It’s a tough Christmas period coming up and we have picked up some really good points going into that.”

Pilkington went on to discuss his team’s current form with Norwich currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, but the winger does not attribute this season’s successes down to anything in particular.

He continued: “We’ve got a good return of points at this point in the season and we are delighted, we’ve kept the unbeaten run going in the league.

“It’s not down to us doing anything in particular. We always knew we could pick up points and we could turn this place into a bit of a fortress. I think that’s now five wins here on the bounce, so it’s really good for the fans as well.

“I’m enjoying it. The fans really get behind us. Yes Wigan could have scored an equaliser and we would have liked to have been a bit tighter than we actually were.

“We had a few chances. I had a half-chance where the keeper has spilled it and I was diving in, and another that was a good save in the second half.

“But we got the three points and that’s the main thing. It was disappointing on Tuesday [Capital One Cup defeat to Aston Villa] and we bounced back today just how we wanted to.

“It’s a massive three points for us.”

The match saw Pilkington score in a third successive Premier League home game to continue an impressive season, and that form appears to be getting repaid with the 24-year-old confirming he is set to pledge his international future to Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandmother.

He went on: “I have had a call from the Republic and they are now starting to sort out all the paperwork. That’s where we are at the moment.

“But their next game isn’t until February so we will just have to wait and see what happens now. We just have to sort out all the paperwork and then go from there really.

“But I am definitely eligible because my grandmother comes from Dublin so I would be more than happy to play for them if selected.”