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Pitch invasion puzzles Kenny Jackett

18 April 2014

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett refused to let three minor pitch invasions during the closing stages of the game take the shine off his promoted side's 6-4 win against Rotherham United.

Late goals by Sam Ricketts and Kevin McDonald - after Wolves striker Nouha Dicko and Rotherham striker Kieran Agard had earlier both scored hat-tricks - saw some fans stream on to the pitch and they also did at the final whistle.

Jackett, whose side remain firmly on course to win the title, said: "It is a shame that the enthusiasm boiled over like that.

"That is all it was, enthusiasm. There was a great atmosphere and the highest attendance for more than 30 years, which we should all be proud of and we sent them away with a win.

"It is just that enthusiasm that boiled over in the wrong way at the end.

"It is very unusual. I don't know what brought it on. Sometimes you see a pitch invasion on the last day of the season and you can see that building up at the end.

"All I can put it down to is such a high attendance, the fact we are chasing the title and the enthusiasm of our crowd.

"It just spilled over the wrong way with a pitch invasion."

Wolves are now closing in on winning the title and Jackett added: "We are determined to win the title and we haven't got it yet even though we are on 96 points, so we still have work to do.

"It is what we want and what we are chasing and what we are hungry for.

"Any win is a good win - particularly at this stage where we are chasing the title.

"I felt that the standard of our goalscoring was excellent. We were clinical and very, very good going forward.

"So I am very pleased with our goalscoring and if you can get that right that does cover up a multitude of sins in performances and it did in this.

"Three goals in each half was excellent and you will take that all day as finishing is such a big part of the game.

"It is the part that all the clubs pay money for and the biggest money as well and it is the most precious commodity in the game.

"Our finishing was clinical but at the start of the second-half Rotherham wanted it more than we did and we didn't do enough.

"It was a very good team performance from Rotherham and they put us under a lot of pressure.

"But our goalscoring was of a very high quality and it got us over the line."

Wolves, who were watched by a crowd of 30,110 - the biggest attendance at Molineux in 33 years - bounced back in style after Agard had given Rotherham a 14th-minute lead.

Dicko, who had scored six goals for Rotherham on-loan from Wigan last November and December before joining Wolves for £300,000 in January, equalised in the 21st minute before grabbing a second 13 minutes later.

Dave Edwards then doubled Wolves' advantage seven minutes before half-time.

Wolves looked to be cruising at that stage but a second strike from Agard after 61 minutes set the tone for an amazing period of play.

Dicko completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time, but Rotherham dragged themselves level through Joe Skarz and Agard's third only for Ricketts and McDonald to seal a dramatic success.

Despite the setback, Rotherham boss Steve Evans, whose side have lost two of their last three games, was upbeat as he prepares to take the team into the play-offs.

He said: "It will take a lot of time to assess that game.

"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 is to come to Wolverhampton Wanderers. They are 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 have had many plaudits from Wolves who have told us we are the best team they have played this season.

"That is a big compliment considering the resources that they have here.

"We are disappointed with some of the aspects of our play but we are very proud of the performance, especially in that second-period.

"In that second-half I think Wolves saw an outstanding Rotherham performance.

"We are a special team and we are looking forward to the play-offs.

"We are exceptional going forward and we know we have to be better defensively.

"As a team we did not defend well enough, but we are exciting to watch.

"I would rather be watching us than watching 11 men behind the ball every week and struggling to get over the half-way line.

"We play some entertaining football."


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