DICKO SHOWS HIS TRUE CLASS
FILIPPO INZAGHI, Radamel Falcao... Nouha Dicko? It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue but if the Frenchman keeps this up then maybe one day he can match his idols.
A hat-trick against the team he was on loan at earlier this season, which punctuated a bamboozling performance lit up a ten-goal thriller at Molineux – this was some promotion party for Wolves.
Wolves let their 4-2 lead slip when Kieran Agard completed his treble for Rotherham with two minutes to go but first Sam Ricketts and then Kevin McDonald sent Molineux into rapture.
But Dicko was the star of the show. When these side’s met just before Christmas he was playing for Rotherham and he netted twice in a 3-3 draw that denied Wolves the chance to go top and dented their promotion hopes.
Promptly returning to parent club Wigan, Kenny Jackett wasted little time in snapping him up and with Wolves six points clear with three games to go, he’s determined to guide Wolves to the title.
“I'm really glad with the performance,” he said.“I like scoring poachers goals. I always enjoyed watching how great strikers score, like Inzaghi and Falcao.
“There are always there in the box and I just try and do the same and I’m happy that I scored those goals and hopefully there will be many more to come.
“It was a big game. We want to finish as champions, hopefully we will keep get there.”
Rotherham boss Steven Evans needed no reminding of Dicko’s talents.
“I’ve always said that Nouha Dicko should be playing in the Premier League,” he said, some- what ruefully. For while there was a touch of pantomime about the closing stages at Molineux, this match had serious connotations at the summit of League One.
After kick-off was delayed by ten minutes to allow in the bumper crowd, Rotherham knew that victory was required having levelled at 4-4 – Brentford had already won and anything but a win for the Millers would see the Bees secure promotion.
The Millers had set about pursuing victory long before that however.
Agard headed them ahead on 14 minutes before Dicko’s quickfire double – Bakary Sako the provider on both occasions.
When Dave Edwards slotted home it was plain sailing but Agard made it 3-2 on the hour mark before Dicko completed his hat-trick with ten minutes to go.
But Rotherham hit back and Joe Skarz found the corner on 83 minutes before Agard also completed his hat-trick, deflecting in James Tavernier’s shot.
If Evans allowed himself to dream what might have been if Dicko still partnered Agard in his attack however, he’d have missed Wolves’ next two goals and instead he must deal with the reality of the play-offs.
“It will take time to assess that game,” he added. “There was a ten-minute spell where we didn’t defend prop
MOB RULE: Wolves players and fans after Kevin McDonald’s goal in injury time sealed the dramatic win HAT-TRICK HERO: Nouha Dicko scores the second goal for Wolves STAR MAN NOUHA DICKO Wolves