Date: 2nd February 2014 at 9:32pm
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It was mixed emotions for Kevin Pilkington in the game against Preston, as we came out of the game having lost, but he came out with the Man of the Match Award.

It was already set to be a busy match day for our goalkeeping coach and kit man, and despite having his existing obligations, with Fabian Spiess out with a hand injury, when Bartosz Bialkowski went down with illness, the experienced stopper also had to step up on the pitch.

The 39 year old only found out he was playing 90 minutes, before he then put in a very creditable 90 minute performance himself.

Speaking to the Official Site after having made his 150th start for the club, Pilkington said.

‘It’s one of them really where there’s no pressure on you really to go out and perform, but I enjoyed it and I still enjoy training and when I get to go in goal. I’d have liked Bart to be out there and Fabs to be on the bench, but he’s out injured. I like keeping fit and I enjoy my job so you’ve got to practice what you preach.’

Pilkington goes on to say that he’s loving life at the club since Shaun Derry and Greg Abbott joined us back in November, as he says they are fantastic to work for, and the enthusiasm, desire and determination they have is infectious so he’s very confident that results will start going for us on a more regular basis, because they organisational work is spot on.

With all the last minute first team changes, Pilkington also paid credit to the PA to the board and manager, Kate Lovett, for her efforts on the day, as despite being a day off for her, Pilkington wanted to say a big thank you to her as she played taxi for youth team keeper Harry Andrews ahead of the game, so he could take up the place on the bench for the first time.