Wilkins shows support for Hilario

The experienced Portuguese keeper was blamed for Carlos Tevez’s

equaliser and there were reports he could be dropped. But while

Wilkins has acknowledged Petr Cech’s deputy did not have the best

of games, he believes he will respond positively. Hilario is

expected to keep his place ahead of Ross Turnbull for the visit of

Stoke in the FA Cup on Sunday with Cech still on the sidelines. “He

is an experienced player and he won’t have a problem,” said

Wilkins. “Unfortunately things didn’t go quite right for him last

Saturday. “Supporters nowadays will always have a pop at the errors

and as a keeper you make a ricket and you’ve lost a goal.” He

added: “We’ll play a lot worse than we did against Manchester City

and win. “We are top of the table in the first week in March – 19

other Premiership sides would sooner be in our position than their

own. “We’re top of the league, playing in the quarter-finals of the

cup and still in the Champions League.”