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Molineux Stadium (ATT 21,929) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Port Vale Port Vale

Wolves 3

B Sako (52)
N Dicko (73, 75)

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Sorry Vale thumped by Wolves

Last Updated: 01/03/14 5:53pm

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Nouha Dicko: At the double

Nouha Dicko: At the double

A Nouha Dicko brace helped Wolves to the top of the table as they saw off the challenge of Port Vale 3-0 at Molineux.

Wolves were leading through Bakary Sako's 51st minute strike before Dicko kept Wolves firmly on course for an instant return to the Championship with his quickfire double - that should have become a hat-trick only for him to miss a last minute penalty.

Sako got the home side up and running with a fortunate strike as his shot took a wicked deflection off the Vale defender Jack Grimmer and left goalkeeper Chris Neal stranded.

Dicko then ended Vale's comeback hopes with his brace as Micky Adams' side crashed to a third successive defeat.

Dicko bundled home his first from close range in the 73rd minute after a cross from skipper Sam Ricketts and then used his power to hold off the challenge of Carl Dickinson and beat Neal with an unstoppable drive.

Things could have been very different had Vale taken the one clear chance to come their way when the game was goalless.

They should really have broken the deadlock in the 25th minute and paid the price for a poor piece of finishing from Tom Pope.

After Wolves midfielder Jack Price had given the ball away, Billy Knott released 13-goal Pope who only had goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to beat but Pope wastefully lifted the ball over the bar from 12 yards.

It was a major let off for Wolves who were then frustrated themselves seven minutes before half time when Ricketts headed a James Henry cross against the bar before Sako and Dicko finally made some persistent pressure pay off.

Dicko then had the chance to help himself to the match ball after Chris Lines had fouled Henry only to see his spot-kick saved by Neal.

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2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
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6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33