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Derry: Follow Pilkington's Example

3 February 2014

Manager Shaun Derry was full of praise for goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington, following his Man of the Match display against Preston North End.

Pilkington was drafted into the starting-11 at Deepdale at short notice after regular stopper Bartosz Bialkowski was ruled out of the fixture due to an illness.

Despite limited time to prepare and having not played professionally since a substitute appearance in March 2013 away at Brentford, Pilkington kept North End at bay for 65 minutes with a collection of top saves.

The former Manchester United custodian’s performance summed up his approach to every aspect of his work – whether that be coaching, playing or his kit man duties – according to Derry.

“I thought the best player on the pitch was our 39-year-old kit man and goalie coach – he was absolutely unbelievable,” he said. 

“He’s an absolute top guy for doing what he did on Saturday and he was brilliant.

“Bart had come in that morning and he’d had a terrible night, with no sleep and couldn’t play.

“We didn’t have anyone else on the pitch and it was Pilks and he came up trumps for us.

“When I’m talking about people and having a true passion and an appreciation for the football club, he set a standard on Saturday.

“I just want others to follow suit and realise what it really means to play for us.”

Notts will look to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat at home to Coventry City. 

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