Pilkington brace downs Swans

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Anthony Pilkington’s double helped Norwich City overcome fellow promoted side Swansea City at Carrow Road.

The summer signing netted after just 49 seconds against the Welsh based sides, and Russell Martin’s untracked header soon doubled their lead.

Danny Graham pulled one back after Scott Sinclair’s run, but Pilkington’s second put paid to any Swansea comeback.

The Swans had lost their three previous Premier League games, while Norwich had won two of their last three and the in form Canaries started like a house on fire.

Pilkington took just 49 seconds to open the scoring for the hosts, before Martin’s unchallenged header quickly doubled their lead.

The shell-shocked visitors regrouped, and got themselves back into the contest through Graham, who had Scott Sinclair’s never-say-die attitude to thank, as the winger pulled the ball across for the ex-Carlisle forward to double his Premier League tally.

Steve Morison could well have restored the home side’s two-goal advantage, but swept his effort wide of Michel Vorm’s goal.

But come the second half the hosts discovered their killer instinct once again as Bradley Johnson cut the ball across, allowing Pilkington to turn into an empty net.

The scrappy nature of the second period played into the hands of Paul Lambert’s

side, with Swansea unable to keep hold of the ball in the final third, helping Norwich see out their second home league win of the season, as Swansea’s dismal away run continues.

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