Anthony Pilkington but his Old Trafford nightmare firmly behind him to score the Premier League’s quickest goal of the season as Norwich ran out deserved winners beating Swansea 3-1 to record a third win in four games.
It took the former Huddersfield midfielder just 49 seconds to break the deadlock at Carrow Road with Russell Martin scoring his first Premier League goal before Danny Graham pulled one back in a frantic first quarter of an hour. Pilkington added a third mid-way through the second half to guarantee victory and make it a fourth winless game on the road for the Swans and keep the Canaries in the top half. Brendan Rodgers promised fans that his side would be more competitive away from home but their plans were foiled as Pilkington struck within the first minute of the game. The impressive Steve Morison, who was a thorn in Swansea’s side all afternoon, headed Elliott Bennett’s cross into the path of Pilkington who lashed the ball past Michael Vorm from close range.
Paul Lamberts side couldn’t have asked for a better start and they doubled their lead nine minutes later with Martin finding space in the penalty area before glancing home David Fox’s quality free kick delivery. That seemed to spark Swansea into life and record signing Graham halved the deficit on 12 minutes with his second goal in consecutive games. Scott Sinclair strolled into the Canaries penalty area and despite being brought down by Bennett still managed to poke the ball across for Graham to convert. That was as good as it got for the visitors as Norwich continued to dominate with Pilkington going close to increasing their advantage before Morison was denied superbly by Vorm.
The half time whistle killed the Canaries momentum and Sinclair almost took advantage whistling a low 25-yard drive wide of John Ruddy’s goal. Norwich responded by restoring their two goal lead with Pilkington grabbing his second turning in Bradley Johnson’s cross from close range. Despite their best efforts the Swan’s just couldn’t get out of first gear with Sinclair trying his luck from range again before substitute Stephen Dobbie saw his shot blocked by Marc Tierney with his headed follow up finding the arms of Ruddy. Despite Lamberts side were never under threat as they continued their impressive form in the top flight.