Boss Kenny Jackett hails his hat-trick hero Nouha Dicko

Kenny Jackett praised the “very high quality” finishing that saw Wolves beat Rotherham 6-4 in an amazing game.

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Celebration time on the terraces as the biggest Molineux crowd in 30 years enjoyed an enthralling Good Friday encounter that produced 10 goals

Nouha Dicko – against his old loan club – and Rotherham’s Kieran Agard both bagged hat-tricks and Sam Ricketts scored a goal of the season contender to break his duck for Wolves, while Dave Edwards and Kevin McDonald also netted for the hosts and Joe Skarz bagged the Millers’ other.

“Our finishing was clinical, of a very high quality and it got us over the line,” said Jackett.

The Molineux chief said Dicko, whose first treble of his career took his tally to 11 in 16 for Wolves, produced his best display for the club.

“He didn’t just score a hat-trick – his overall play was good, he was a threat, he set up other goals and situations and was involved in most if not all the good things we did,” said Jackett.

“I’d say that was the best we’ve seen of him since he’s been here.

“He’s been a key player and whether it’s coincidence or not, since he’s come in, we’ve really had a great run and scored a lot of goals and he’s contributed to a lot of wins. But it was a very good performance from him.”

But the Molineux head coach felt Rotherham were superior in the second half.

“I felt at certain stages of the game, particularly after the start of the second half, Rotherham wanted it more than we did and we didn’t do enough,” he said.

“I couldn’t complain at my goalkeeper or my centre-halves – they were excellent under a very good team performance from Rotherham who put us under a lot of pressure.

“It was a great game – you can’t say it was anything but entertaining.

“But I didn’t think we did enough in situations when we have generally been very good.”

Rotherham boss Steve Evans said: “For 30 minutes in the second half we gave them a battering and we got ourselves back in the game, but our defending was poor.

“But what a fantastic advert for League One football.

“What an honour it was to go to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“They’re an outstanding club from top to bottom and we wish them every success in the Championship.

“People can talk about all the investment and parachute payments but you still have to produce a team that wins football matches and Kenny Jackett has done that.

“We’ve had many plaudits from Wolves who told us we are the best team they have played this season.”

Comments for: "Boss Kenny Jackett hails his hat-trick hero Nouha Dicko"

Farmer Ted

I was surprised to find on the BBC website that the possession split was 54% Wolves 46% Rotherham. I'd have thought it was closer than that, even Rotherham shading it. Their work rate in the second half was unbelievable, but inevitably they left themselves open at the back. Thank God!

Well said Steve Evans a credit to the team you manage, I shall be rooting for you in the play-offs. Such a contrast to that unsporting Warburton character at Brentford who, in a three minute interview after we'd buried them 3-0, didn't mention Wolves once, not once! No class.

nik.hare1

Good post ft, can remember when just after we got relegated, a poster used to come on our page and claim we were a club rotten to the core!!

Strangely, he/she have been absent, since August.

Anyway, the Rotherham manager was correct about his match analysis, and respectfull about WWfc, and as you say good luck to the millers. U t w .

Ye Olde South Bank

Very kind, dignified and generous words for our club from Steve Evans. And, as it happens, yes, The Millers probably are the best team to visit The Golden Palace this season. They're certainly the only team to hit seven goals against the best defence in League One, even if we did score nine goals ourselves, and take four points out of six from them.

My sincere best wishes go to Rotherham for their promotion attempt via Playoffs. Any side who can play attacking, open, exciting football as they do simply has to command my respect.

After all, that's what football's all about: Great play, excitement and, of course, goals. Yesterday, both teams served it up in spades!

Robert

Well deserved accolade for Dicko- I thought he was exceptional yesterday and the team as a whole not far behind.

Credit to Rotherham too for providing atout competition and contributing to one of the best games seen at Molineux for years.

Mpear3118

No doubt it was a great advertisement for the game and magic for the 30,000 plus that witnessed it. KJ, as usual, has a realistic perspective on the game and the result but must be a little concerned that the team allowed Rotherham back into he game having had a two goal lead at the half. It's fantastic that the team was able to recover and score two goals at the death.

KJ he will demand better team defending when we go to Orient on Monday evening. We simply must get something out of that game if we are to ensure the title. Brentford can still catch us.

Three points and a clean sheet please!!!

Come on you Wolves!!!

BH

You may have a shock if you are waiting until tomorrow evening, as we kick off at 12:15 tomorrow......

rovi.osinborn

12:15 on Monday actually BH

Mountain Wolf

What !an incredible day. I am so proud, not only of the team, but of everyone, including the fans, associated with this wonderful club. Mr Jackett, having had my doubts at your appointment (although I kept them to myself) I now salute you. Never have I been so pleased to be proved wrong. All credit to Rotherham, too; they are probably the best team we have seen all season.

wolfnut

Were you watching the same game? The defence fell way below its usual high standards but the finishing was sharp and decisive. It reminded me of the Colchester game when we went in three goals up and then relaxed. It was obvious yesterday that Rotherham would give it a go in the second half as a lackadaisical display by Wolves allowed them back into it. We controlled much of the first half and looked comfortable. Let's face it the game should have been over at that point but what we saw was what we have seen so often this season, and as Kevin McDonald said. I think they got bored, took their foot off the pedal and then couldn't pick it up again.

Although the comments here are fulsome in their praise of Rotherham, consider this. What would you have been saying if this game was for a play off place or a title decider? We exploited the gaps as they pushed forward. They had nothing to lose and they worked hard but their defending was shocking. Did you not see how they were all pointing at each other when Dave Edwards scored? At 4-4, I said to my mate 'We'll score again in a minute'. Not optimism but realism. Rotherham had thrown caution to the wind and became as slack as we'd become. Well done though lads even though it was like watching a Parks game. Oh and Mpear3118 , if you go to Orient on Monday evening I'll be at home because it's a lunch time kick off.

PS Make an example of the morons who went onto the pitch. They could have cost us dear. Any who are identified should be banned. Still, nice to see the 'stay aways' coming back. Fickle lot.

njpollard

Good points, but a bit harsh to describe those who can't get to every game as 'fickle'!

If you can only get to a few games a season, what's wrong with picking the ones that are likely to be good (or that fit in with your holiday from work, for that matter?)

Pulex Irritans

It was the change at half-time with Henry coming on for Evans that weakened our defence, Wolfnut, and allowed Millers into the game again. But Wolves sorted it out thanks to precision at goal-taking and good team-spirit.

Bigbadwolftoo

Dicko had a great game, created and caused havoc to a relatively poor defence. Going forward the Millers were good, but left their defence exposed too much.

If JK's decision to take Lee Evans off was tactical, I think he got it very wrong! Evans (although not my favourite) did an effective role in the centre of defence in the first half, whereas the balance was way off second half, allowing the Millers to pick passes through the middle. If Stearman, in particular, hadn't had a tremendous game, we would have been in trouble (get him signed up, he will be worth it, showing class, determination and now composure too!).

The Millers looked good going forward 2nd half, but at the expenses of their below average defensive performance. We could have scored more actually! Agard and Adams wouldn't be bad purchases IMHO (why didn't we pick Adams off Crawley earlier??).

On to Orient, where I hope to see the lads clinch the title. UTW.

ps. Pitch invasion stupid, but not vicious. The majority sang the true feelings of the vast majority.

Bigbadwolftoo

oops, meant centre of midfield (re: Evans)!

mardygit

I agree with everything said about Steve Evans and the Rotherham team in particular. I certainly hope they get promoted it will be a travesty if the don't. If the worst happens and they don't make it, will they be able to hang on to their star players, will KJ go after a few of them. KJ's GOLD AND BLACK ARMY.

rovi.osinborn

Wolves came out fighting after going behind, to take a comfortable lead into half time, a comfort zone that bit them back, to a dramatic finish. So a lesson should be learnt as well as remembering Football is a game of Two Halves & the momentum should be played over the full 90 mins not the first 45 alone. UTW.

stephen.sadler.12

Second half wasnt helped by bringing on Henry for Evans. I think Henry should have been substituted hinself after ten minutes. Normally a good player but not that day. My MOTM was Stearman. And best chant from the fans to the space invaders was 'Where were you when we were s***?' Great result and by far the most exciting match of the season.

Bazwolf

Well done Nouha. You look a top player these days. Lovely first touch and clinical finishing. Did anybody here what Rotherham Utd Manager, Syeve Evans said about about Wolves in his post match interview on the BBC? Wolves are a fantastic club.....good luck to them. Nice one old son. What an unforgettable game that 6-4 victory was.