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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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1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19