It marked Pilkington's first start in the Premier League for the season.
"I thought we could have had more goals," he said.
"We had a gameplan where we wanted to press high and get in their faces, win the ball up high and create chances from there, and I think we did that.
"But it's all about winning games at this level and picking up the three points, especially away from home. It is a massive win for us.
"I've not been in the team recently. I've had to wait for my chance. I had a few niggles in pre-season but I'm over that now, and hopefully I can keep my place."
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