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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jacket pleased with Nouha Dicko debut performance

25 January 2014

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett hailed striker Nouha Dicko after he made a stunning second debut for the club against Bristol City to keep their promotion push on track.

Dicko, who joined Wolves for £300,000 from Wigan earlier this month following a loan spell at Molineux last season, gave Wolves a 10th-minute lead and then saw his cross deflected into his own net by Derrick Williams after Sam Baldock's penalty had drawn City level.

Substitute Bakary Sako then sealed Wolves' second successive home win in the 76th minute.

Jackett said: "Dicko got an early goal and he was involved in many of the good things that we had.

"He was unlucky not to add to his total and that was a bright start for someone who is just 21.

"He is a threat and he is strong as well. Although he is small, he is very physically strong and tough to play against because of his pace and his power.

"I thought he had a decent appeal for a penalty as well when it looked like he was about to finish.

"As long as he keeps testing defences like he did here then things will work out for him because we have the football to create the chances.

"I am pleased with his addition. I think it was the right time for us to add in that area and also him coming in at 21 years of age, like Michael Jacobs who is 22, they are the right age and profile and I feel they have the right hunger to make their name at this club now."

The victory earned Wolves back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of November and Jackett added: "I was delighted with the win as Bristol City have some very good players and a very experienced manager and I don't think they will be relegated.

"We now need to try to work hard to get points at Oldham on Tuesday and then back home against Bradford.

"It is a big eight days for us and I think they will be crucial as we are chasing the top two.

"We have shown good progress since the start of the season and we need to keep playing like that.

"I feel that the standard of our passing is very good and we have to make sure that we keep converting that possession into shots and chances."

Dicko broke the deadlock with a smart piece of finishing after Jack Price picked him out in the area.

Dicko latched on to Price's pass and gave goalkeeper Elliott Parish no chance with a fierce left-foot drive that whistled just inside the post.

But Wolves squandered the initiative when they gifted City a route back into the game after 24 minutes when James Henry pulled down Greg Cunningham and Baldock made no mistake from the spot.

Wolves needed a huge slice of luck to regain the lead two minutes before half-time when Dicko's right-wing cross flew off the unfortunate Williams.

But there was nothing lucky about Sako's strike - a low left-foot drive from the edge of the area.

The defeat ended City's five-game unbeaten run and increased their relegation fears.

But manager Steve Cotterill was pleased with the display of his side and remains confident about their survival hopes.

He said: "We played well, we played some great football. We were caught twice playing out from the back but we will carry on doing that.

"We've made a few mistakes, chosen a couple of bad options which has resulted in good goals for Wolves.

"The third goal is something from nothing, a bit of brilliance from Sako to be fair.

"Apart from that, I didn't think there was anything in the game really. I think we've come here and dominated the game for long periods.

"They definitely needed that third goal because the longer the game would have gone on, we might have had them on the back foot.

"I think 3-1 is tough on us, I really do and we won't get quite enough credit for our performance.

"I've watched quite a few Wolves games on DVD and there hasn't been any team that's come here and passed the ball against them for as long as we have.

"There was a stage when we got back to 1-1 when the crowd was right on the cusp of turning and I would have liked to see what happened if we got our noses in front.

"We made a couple of bad choices but to be fair to the players, those lads that made a mistake, they've recovered from it.

"We only have to look forward and be positive. We'll get the lucky breaks on another day but we've got to go looking for them - and when we do and we capitalise on them we'll be fine.

"We've got to stay upbeat. We didn't play like a team that was second from bottom of the table here."


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