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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Port Vale

Wolves striker Nouha Dicko

Wolves struck three second-half goals to finally see off Port Vale at Molineux and again move above Leyton Orient at the top of League One.

Bakary Sako broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when his 20-yard right-foot strike deflected into the top corner.

Nouha Dicko then struck twice in two minutes, with a close-range second before finding the bottom corner for his fifth goal in seven games.

But he missed out on a hat-trick when his last-minute penalty was saved.

After Chris Lines fouled James Henry, Vale keeper Chris Neal went full length to his left, to deny the young Frenchman what would have been a first hat-trick in English football.

Wolves top scorer Sako's ninth strike of the season, deflected in off Vale defender Jack Grimmer, was only his second since the turn of the year.

A seventh straight victory for Kenny Jackett's side takes them back top on goal difference, while Vale remain 10th, despite suffering their third defeat in a row.

Vale's best chance came in the 25th minute when top scorer Tom Pope, one-on-one with Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme, lifted the ball over the bar.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

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Post match: Wolves boss Jackett

"Seven games at the top is a terrific achievement by the players and I'm very pleased with them.

"It's a balance between confidence and enjoying yourself but also knowing how hard you've got to work and how important it is to everybody that we're successful.

"We have to make sure before a very big local derby against Walsall that we're right, because after that we have four Tuesday games on the trot.

"The link between the players and the supporters was very good and we're going to need them, because it won't be easy for us, it won't be plain sailing."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanSubstituted forDohertyat 77'minutes
  • 7Henry
  • 11McDonald
  • 40Dicko
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forEvansat 90+2'minutes
  • 10SakoSubstituted forEdwardsat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 3Elokobi
  • 4Edwards
  • 14Evans
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 20Grimmer
  • 3Jones
  • 24DuffySubstituted forBirchallat 75'minutes
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 67mins
  • 5Dickinson
  • 18Lines
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 74'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 28KnottSubstituted forWilliamsonat 74'minutes
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 17Davis
  • 19Williamson
  • 26Birchall
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
21,929

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lee Evans replaces Michael Jacobs.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Penalty saved! Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Chris Lines (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Bakary Sako.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Jones (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by James Henry.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Richard Stearman because of an injury.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Richard Duffy.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham331710664432161
6Peterborough32164125142952
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall331211103833547
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Port Vale33134164452-843
11Bradford33914104541441
12Sheff Utd32118133438-441
13Crawley2891183336-338
14Oldham34108163948-938
15Gillingham34115184357-1438
16Coventry31138105956337
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Tranmere3399154057-1736
19Colchester31811123741-435
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Stevenage3294193252-2031
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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