Wolves 6 Rotherham 4 - match report and pictures

Nouha Dicko scored his first Wolves hat-trick as Kenny Jackett's side took a step closer to the League One title with a 6-4 win over Rotherham.

Watched by 30,110 – Molineux’s biggest crowd for over 33 years - Dicko scored the first hat-trick of his career (20, 33 and 79) against his former loan club and was matched by The Millers' striker Kieran Agard (13, 61 and 88).

Dave Edwards (38) made it 3-1 to Wolves but Joe Skarz (84) made it 4-3 before Agard’s treble levelled it only for Ricketts’s first for Wolves on 89 and Kevin McDonald in the six minutes of time added on sealed it.

Wolves go to Leyton Orient on Monday lunchtime still needing up to four more points to seal the title after Brentford beat Preston 1-0.

Head coach Kenny Jackett named an unchanged line-up from the side that beat Crewe 2-0 last week to clinch promotion.

The kick off was delayed for 10 minutes to allow the 30,000-strong crowd chance to get in safely after an accident on the M1 held up Rotherham fans.

When the teams eventually emerged, Wolves were given a huge reception from a Molineux awash with colour.

Wolves had a chance in the second minute when Edwards headed over from point-blank range from a Michael Jacobs free kick after the latter drove at the defence and was brought down by Nicky Adams.

But Rotherham made the better start and Adams had a shot blocked for a corner after Wolves failed to clear Michael O’Connor’s free-kick.

And it was from the resulting set-piece that Rotherham took the lead when Agard glanced home O’Connor’s flag-kick beyond the fingertips of keeper Carl Ikeme, who conceded for the first time in 391 minutes on his 100th appearance for the club.

Wolves had some defending to do after the goal as Rotherham’s tails were up.

But seven minutes after going behind, Wolves were level through a clinical finish form Dicko.

The French striker stabbed home from almost on the line after Sako held off his man and crossed from the left following a pass inside right-back James Tavernier from Edwards.

The equaliser settled Wolves down again and they remained the better side in possession, although they never lost their composure even when they went behind.

Although they looked comfortable with the ball, Wolves were in ruthless mood in front of goal, with all three first-half goals coming from their only serious chances.

And they went ahead for the first time when Dicko held off a defender to slot home right-footed from the edge of the six-yard box after Jacobs fed Sam Ricketts for a diagonal ball that split the defence and left him with only keeper Adam Collin.

Five minutes later Wolves extended their lead with a lovely goal crafted by Scott Golbourne.

Exchanging a one-two with Bakary Sako, Golbourne cut infield and set off with a driving run which took him inside the area, where he slipped a neat ball through to Edwards, who calmly slotted home first time for his eighth goal of the season, third in as many games and fifth in seven.

But if Wolves – who swapped Lee Evans for James Henry at half-time - thought they had secured the points, they had another thing coming.

Haris Vuckic saw an angled shot tipped over then headed straight at Ikeme as Rotherham started the second half trying to clzaw their way back into the game.

And they didn’t have long to wait as Agard squeezed the ball home from a loose ball after Danny Batth headed it then lost the ball in the sun and Richard Stearman couldn’t get there to clear it.

A great run from Ricketts saw the captain wriggle through via a lucky bounce and hit the inside of the post on 75, the ball evading Edwards, who was closest.

But Wolves restored their two-goal cushion when Dicko completed his hat-trick, slotting home Edwards’s cross after the latter had broke onto Henry’s pass down the channel.

Rotherham made it 4-3 with the first of four goals in the last six minutes when Joe Skarz got between Batth and the sliding Ricketts to volley home James Tavernier’s cross before Agard deflected home Tavernier’s shot to send Ikeme the wrong way to level and seal his hat-trick.

But with both teams going end to end, Wolves broke to win it as Ricketts curled home a screamer from 25 yards after exchanging passes with Edwards then Dicko teed up McDonald to sweep home into the roof of the net for the sixth.

Comments for: "Wolves 6 Rotherham 4 - match report and pictures"

richierooster69

What a great game, totally mad!!

Who would of believed we would this far clear of 3rd place a few weeks back.

One more result and we can all hit the beach on our summer hols with the title sealed.

I'm not thinking about next season yet, I want to enjoy this one rite till the end.

Wolves - ya made me proud once more.

Wolfman

So often the Wolves disappoint before a big home crowd..... not to-day, I was not there.....you lucky, lucky 30,000 plus! But thank you boys, what a great afternoon in front of the Blog.

Hit him on the tail

It's Division 3.....get a grip..

Pembrokeshire Wolf

What would you like us to get a grip of, baggie-boy?............

Stokewolf64

You need to get a grip Pal... That Premier League place is looking very grim at the moment.. Hang on tight !!

UTW

Jack the Hat

Hit him on the tail,

Little toys for little boys, they will soon be up in arms when their team lose on a regular basis in a big league.

The game should be replayed behind closed doors, look how many times they invaded the pitch and then there was pitch encroachment. Their idiot fans again bring football into disrepute, they are a disgrace to the game.

This post won't get through as it is too near the truth for the E&D mods.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Stokewolf64

As usual Jack you are wrong..

UTW

WV1.Dylanwolf

Big congratulations to everyone at the club. Let's go on to clinch what will be our 10th Football League Trophy (3 x Div 1, 3x Div 2, 3 x Div 3 and 1 x Div 4).

However disgraceful behaviour by the fans.

No doubt the two pitch invasions will result in a heavy fine for the club. Maybe all those people who ended up going on the pitch could contribute £50 each towards it?

If you did go on the pitch then you should be banned. The referee might easily have abandoned the game and the FL force the game to be replayed behind closed doors.

And if people go on the pitch then the players safety can not be guaranteed. So, when we win the league will we get to cheer the team doing a victory lap of honour around the pitch parading the cup in front of each stand?

Or will we just see a thick throng of apes cavorting about taking selfies and mobbing the players.

sue

A fantastic match spoiled by a few, the team should have been able to receive our appreciation at the end but had to run off the pitch because a few people spoilt the party!!!

Farmer Ted

A match most will remember for a long, long time. Wolves looked well in control in a first half and we all looked forward to a goal rout in the second half. We got it but not quite how we'd imagined. Hats off to Rotherham after the break they shut us down all over the pitch and Wolves could hardly get forward. Fortunately it left them open at the back and we managed to take advantage, but only just.

Glad we're not in the play-offs with Rotherham. Good luck to them.

Everybody will mention this and I shall be no different. Those idiots who invaded the pitch three times spoilt the day. I expect they're proud of themselves. It's my first time on the South Bank for over twenty years and I have to say most of the fans were as incensed as me. It seems to be the opinion that these morons were not regulars but chancers the 30k plus crowd was bound to attract. Not all kids either, some were old enough to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. We'll probably get fined and we will certainly have to pay for more stewards/police against Carlisle.

Good job we got some parachute money left, better than another striker for next season, eh?

Where's branoox ?

branoox

Im here, Firstly I have to say your question is out of order, and only proves that you are no different to me. I didn't run on the pitch and condemn such action. Now lets draw a line under it.

Farmer Ted

"This spectacular belongs to the fans and we'll decide when we do it "

branoox

This might make sense to another Farmer. BYE BYE.

Farmer Ted

Forgotten your own words?

Convenient, eh?

Lesta_Wolf

So proud of the lads today, unfortunately couldn't make it down. I'm glad we are playing good passing football and scoring goals. I had a feeling today's game was going to have goals but couldn't have guessed it would have been 10 and the end result would be in favour of Wolves. 1 more win and the titles in the bag. Well done and a massive thanks to KJ, the whole squad and the back room team.

Ye Olde South Bank

What a crazy, crazy, crazy game! That 3-3 draw at Rotherham took some beating, but this game battered it hands down! Dunno whether to be cheesed-off at conceding four goals at home, or celebrate six of the best.

Okay, it's settled...it's the latter!

ManhattanWolf

Great result lads, against worthy opposition. Let's hope that the defensive lapse was a one-off, and that we don't get any more game-time pitch invasions - we don't want to make headlines for the wrong reasons.

Black Country Wanderer

Good job we have the best defence in the Football league and strikers who cant score then lol

Doyler!

Sublime! Absolutely sublime! What a fantastic game in front of the biggest gate for thirty odd years!

The lads certainly did the business and their never say die attitude is a credit to them and KJ and his staff.

Ok we conceded four but hey ho the spirit and game play definitely paid off. Still six points clear and buzzing!

Who'd have thought that this game would produce ten goals? Dicko a hat-trick! wow! The man's on fire!

Another big game on Monday hope we do the business like we did when the 'O's visited us.

What a match! what a day! What a team!

Buzzin!

Well done lads, KJ and the staff.

With a few new additions next season we will be a force to reckon with in the championship. That is as far as I will speculate.

Great day.

Well done Wolverhampton Wanderers!

True champions.

tipton wolf

Brilliant win never gave up..proud of you lads

SEATTLE WOLF

This was a very, very Good Friday! What a barnstormer that was. Three more points !

Statos Boring Brother

Bloody typical. After putting up with possibly the worst two seasons of my Wolves supporting life followed by watching us grind out results early on missing a few of the matches recently due to being away, I listened to Mrs Stato and allowed myself to be dragged away a day early and missed what sounds like the most exciting match for years.

I should have known better as she did the same thing to me on 9th May 1987 (not that I bear grudges). That was the one home match of that season which I didn't go to and I missed Bully's first hat-trick for the Wolves.

At least we put on a show for the fans and, hopefully, some of the stay away fans will be back for more (but not the cretins who went on the pitch please).

derbyshirewolf

In 61 years of following the Wolves, I've never before witnessed a ten goal game. What a thrill, but serious questions needed to be asked about the shape of the team after half time. Not replacing Evans with Price created a poor defensive balance, and a determined Rotherham side poured through regularly in numbers. Wolves couldn't cope with this, and, pleased as I am with the victory, I have to say that we were lucky today.----------Still, the most exciting game in years, and all in front of an amazing crowd. It is such a pity about the mindless actions of the morons at the end, which will undoubtedly cost us money. I hope the C.C.T.V. footage does its job, and they are dealt with severely. Well done Nouha Docko, and particularly Sam Ricketts. ---------U.T.W.

chris h

I don't know fancy you missing that 8-2 win at home against Portsmouth in 1965.

Sir Billy Quiet

Great game 4 more points to the 100!

Farmer Ted

Changed things have they?

Sir Billy Quiet

96 plus 4 = 100

Tomwolf

Now thats what I call entertainment, maybe not so good for the heart though. I expect Dicko, will get the m.o.t.m. but I thought Stearman was top class today, I lost count of the amount of headers, blocks and tackles, he got in today. Also their was some great through balls for the goals. But you must say well played to Rotherham, for making it, such a great match. They never once gave up, even at 3-1 and especially at 4-2, at 4-4, it could have gone either way. But this is a new Wolves team, who fight to win, to the very end. It was a fantastic atmosphere, but ruined by those mindless idiots near the end, who we can easily do without. We've had a superb following all season, Home and especially Away, without them idiots. WELL DONE THE LADS: UTW:

sue

I voted for Stearman Man of the Match,thought he was awesome today

Albrightondek

Tom/Sue - I thought that both Dicko and Stearman were outstanding today for different reasons. The award could easily go to either of them.

Tomwolf

Just like to say well done to the skipper on his first goal, its been coming for some weeks now. Also to Dave Edwards, who when fully fit, is a very good footballer, with a good footballing brain, and makes some very good runs, especially his timing to get into the box, scoring some vital goals. UTW:

nik.hare1

was lucky to have been in the steve bull stand, what an awesome game of footall.

well done to rotherham for not sitting back and giving as good as they got.

when the millers took the lead, i had flash backs to leicester city's game last tuesday, when having achieved promotion they went down 1-4 at home in front of 29000 expectant foxes.

but, this is wolves and a totally different animal to the one that limped out of the championship last may. By half time we were 3-1 up and second half switched off and the millers punished us, they were creative in midfield and clinical up front.

but wolves started to catch them on the break, and it could have easily have finished 8-6, my man of the match, dicko,

mini invasions, loads of goals, full house, mexican waves, glorious sunshine, what a day, utw.

Hit him on the tail

Are you a drinker?

ELDERVO

Why you looking for someone to drown your sorrows with ? I got an old bottle of cooking sherry somewhere if you're that desperate.

And I believe Tesco's do a range of 'cheap cheap larger'. You have to be over 18 though so I'd get your mom to buy it for you. lol

UTW

branoox

Wonderful Wolves. What a battle.

Brightside

Just a word for Dave Edwards, 5 goals in 7 games, made the pass to Sako to set up Dicko's first goal, scored a great goal himself, made the pass to Dicko for the hat-trick after a great run, took the 1-2 from Ricketts for the crucial 5th goal, the only time in the game that we looked really weak was when he dropped out of his position behind the striker to accommodate the Henry/Evans switch, when will ever get a motm award and what does he need to do to get a new contract?

Tomwolf

Brightside, I couldn't agree more with you. When fully fit, he's a very underrated player.UTW:

Stearmans overhead kick

Wow ! What sort of cheese was that? Thanks both sides for some fantastic entertainment, Fools who ran on the pitch, Sling your hook, Undone them easy with some precise passing and even more so when we ran straight at em first half, Just has they did us with some quality balls in the box and some set pieces that I thought we didn't deal with very well. Very poor first half hour in the second half let em back in to make it four all. And then, We tore them apart again for the last fifteen minutes going forward.I couldn't bloody well believe it ,Pleased with Dicko seems really hard to knock off the ball for a liitle un. Listening to W.M.on the drive home. Like me one bloke remembers his biggest home win at Molineux in the early 70's the seven one against Chelsea. In the North bank I think David Nish a record signing from Derby made is debut that night. Can also remember being in the North bank on that 1981 Quarter final replay against Borough, Although my late father, My brother, and myself were soaked to the skin we will never forget Norman Bell smashing the winner on such a foul night ,And then enjoying watching the highlights on Central soccer. Just like today makes football sometimes all worth while.Hope Rotherham come up with us they were smashing entertainment today. Kenny keep your eye on him who got his hatrick. he looks quality.

CoRnIsHWoLf

A fitting game for a superb attendance today. Well done Wolves & good luck to Rotherham, by far the best team we've played this season, a good footballing side. Their manager Steve Evans had some very complimentary things to say about the club after the game, very dignified after a fine performance by his side.

Rumours are that we have agreed terms with Callum Wilson from Coventry for around £3m & a deal will be finalised in the summer. Hope that's true, would be a fine addition to the front line.

derbyshirewolf

Missed that one Chris h. Away at university at the time, at a time when cars and money were not bountiful.

tesswoody

Brilliant result and game.

Sorry not to have witnessed it but so pleased for the team, the club and Wolverhampton.

Will be at Leyton Orient on Monday.

Let's put this title win to bed !

Well done Wolves .. so proud.

Buckswolf

Great game, great competition from an impressive and spirited Rotherham team and their supporters. Sadly the game was spoiled by the Wolves fan idiots invading the pitch before the end of the game! I sincerely hope the club post pictures of each and even one of them and they get lifetime bans from the Molineux! I suspect that not one of them were at the home games against Crawley, Notts County etc etc etc. Maybe it's time for a ten foot fence in front of the South bank where these idiots hang out - let's make an example to make sure this doesn't happen again as it's a major embarrassment to our club following what has been a brilliant season - UTW

Farmer Ted

One of the interesting things for me this season (without a season ticket) has been visiting all four sides of the ground. For this match I was in the South Bank. The opinion of the overall majority of the fans around us was exactly the same as most of us. Condemnation!

Put up fences?

You cannot really be serious, especially with everything that's going on at the moment!

an amazing match - a player on both sides scores a hat trick and five goals in the last ten minutes does not happen very often - watched from the Stan Cullis stand and if the great man was watching from above I think its safe to say he would have enjoyed this game.

wolfrun2010

Woke up to this result in Aussie 6 - 4. Is that set & match! On another note I notice the plaudits that Stearman, Edwards & Ikeme are getting this season. Is this because we have a great coach & tactician in KJ who will play players in the right position. More noticeable with Stears & Edwards. I have chucked in Ikeme in there because I notice since Wayne Hennessy moved to Crystal Palace he has warmed the bench every game. Back to Stears, it has taken him a long time to establish himself at Wolves because numpty Mick never played him at centre half. Now we have done that we could possibly lose him for nothing.

Today's game - will KJ be furious we conceded 4 goals? We have been the next best meanest defence in football behind Chelsea. Or will he just warm to the spectacle of 10 goal game to thrill the fans from both camps.

Keep going boys I know you have another 6 goal game in you all without conceding. Good luck at LO on Monday

AucklandKiwiWolf

I was on Southampton's old ground The Dell back in 1965 when the Wolves lost 9-3.That apart Well Done Wolves and Rotherham for putting on a great game for the supporters.Sorry to hear that it was spoilt by the morons who invaded the pitch.

Robert

An amazing game of football which had everything required for both sets of fans. Congrats to Rotherham for their contribution and fight back and obviously to the Wolves team for the best game at Molineux for some seasons. Wouldnt have missed it for the world. Dicko gets my m.o.m award - he was on fire! Well done to the whole team on the day. Stay away the morons responsible for four pitch invasions. Lets hope its just a fine thats imposed next week by the FA.

Wrennawalla

I have seen Wolves win 8-1 v Man City, 7-2 v Burnley, 7-0 v WBA. all in the same season 62-63. Lose 4-7 at Tottenham, lose 3-9 at Southampton, win 8-2 v Portsmouth, 7-1 v Cardiff, lose 0-6 at home to Liverpool. I saw 15 goals in three days in 1976, 6-1 victory at Hereford on the Saturday and then lose 2-6 on the Tuesday night against Southampton. Years later I witnessed another 0-6 drubbing by Southampton at Molineux. Anyone else seen higher scores.

Old Wulfrunian

How about Wolves 9 Fulham 0 (on 16 September 1959). I was at that game.

chris h

One other telling result over the years, was Rotherham 6 Wolves 0, first round of the FA Cup 1985. Never mind Chorley, I always looked at the defeat as the lowest point in our history.

DancesWithWolves

Simply amazing! Now, a win at Orient effectively gives us the title even if Brentford win, as the Bees are unlikely to overcome a 23 goal difference in the last two games. And to think, Leigh Griffiths is on the verge of getting his second championship medal this season. Leigh Who?

Bazwolf

Quite simply, this was one of the most entertaining games I have ever been to in 50 years of going to games. What drama, twists and turns and incredible goals. Hats off to BOTH TEAMS for serving up something special in the Easter sun. Nothing beats a live game of football..

Albrightondek

It's sometimes forgotten that football is not just a sporting occassion but it's also (or should be) a form of entertainment. This was a wonderful entertaining game of football, and a great advert for the quality that exists in league one.

The match could be described as a game of two halves. At halftime I turned to my friends and said that we were in criuse control. That because of the dominance of the last 20 minutes of that first half. All credit to Rotherham for coming out in the second period to fight back and get on level terms, and within touching distance of gaining a point. But, all credit to Wolves for not giving up and finishing with two goals to win all three points.

A memorable game that will be talked about for years to come.

Samjohndearn

What a game yesterday, me & my son left and missed 3 goals, can you believe it. So annoying. Anyway can't change that now, I was Impressed with our teams counter attacking speed, and especially the passing, clinical is how I would describe it. Nouha Dicko was on fire, he gave their defence a difficult time. Thought Stearman was immense. Some comments made by some on here amaze me, some folk are never satisfied. On to the next, Leyton Orrient, not going to be easy, but I feel 3 points coming home.

Lancs Lupa

What a cracking game yesterday, particularly the second half when I was up and down out of my seat like a yoyo! It was well worth the 4 hour trip from Preston (yes, the traffic was horrendous on the M6!). I can honestly say I don't think I have been at such an exciting Wolves game, ever. Great atmosphere with the brilliant play, singing and Mexican waves. Rotherham were worthy opponents too and could do well in the Championship if given the chance...but I am hoping Preston get their act together in the next few weeks as I live there! Not many Championship clubs in our neck of the woods. Here's to the next challenge at Orient, not going to be there, but at least it's on the tele!

As a postscript...such a pity the South Bank fans spoilt it yesterday by invading the pitch 4 times. We could do without an FA fine. They are not true supporters if they abuse the club in that way.

Stokewolf64

Although briefly mentioned in the report above, I'd just like to say that if Steven Gerrard had played the through ball to Dicko for his 2nd goal, it would have been labelled World Class...

And whilst it looked an outstanding pass live, having watched it on the highlights a number of times now, Sam Ricketts deserves massive praise for picking out Dicko's run.... Brilliant..

UTW

Stourbaggie

What a statement,if it had been Steve Gerard it would have been world class.May well have been as more than likely would have been at Premiership level not at 3rd tier in englsh football.

Stokewolf64

Another crass statement from a sad Baggie.. If that's the best you can do, don't bother...

Mind you, I've seen the rubbish you post on your own site, nothing changes.

UTW