DICKO SHOWS HIS TRUE CLASS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Con­way To com­ment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

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

erly.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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

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