Wolves struck three second-half goals to finally see off Port Vale at Molineux and again move above Leyton Orient at the top of League One.

Bakary Sako broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when his 20-yard right-foot strike deflected into the top corner.

Nouha Dicko then struck twice in two minutes, with a close-range second before finding the bottom corner for his fifth goal in seven games.

  • Nouha Dicko's second brace for Wolves took his overall season's tally to 11, having also scored six goals for League One promotion rivals Rotherham United before signing for Wolves for an undisclosed fee in January.
  • Wolves have not won seven league games on the spin since doing it twice in their Championship promotion season under Mick McCarthy (Aug/Sept Oct/Nov 2008).

But he missed out on a hat-trick when his last-minute penalty was saved.

After Chris Lines fouled James Henry, Vale keeper Chris Neal went full length to his left, to deny the young Frenchman what would have been a first hat-trick in English football.

Wolves top scorer Sako's ninth strike of the season, deflected in off Vale defender Jack Grimmer, was only his second since the turn of the year.

A seventh straight victory for Kenny Jackett's side takes them back top on goal difference, while Vale remain 10th, despite suffering their third defeat in a row.

Vale's best chance came in the 25th minute when top scorer Tom Pope, one-on-one with Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme, lifted the ball over the bar.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"Seven games at the top is a terrific achievement by the players and I'm very pleased with them.

"It's a balance between confidence and enjoying yourself but also knowing how hard you've got to work and how important it is to everybody that we're successful.

"We have to make sure before a very big local derby against Walsall that we're right, because after that we have four Tuesday games on the trot.

"The link between the players and the supporters was very good and we're going to need them, because it won't be easy for us, it won't be plain sailing."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 19 Price
  • 06 Batth
  • 05 Stearman (Doherty - 77' )
  • 07 Henry
  • 11 McDonald
  • 40 Dicko
  • 27 Jacobs (Evans - 92' )
  • 10 Sako (Edwards - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Doherty
  • 03 Elokobi
  • 04 Edwards
  • 14 Evans
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 31 McCarey

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 20 Grimmer
  • 03 Jones
  • 24 Duffy (Birchall - 75' )
  • 04 Robertson Booked
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 18 Lines
  • 08 Dodds (Myrie-Williams - 74' )
  • 11 Pope
  • 28 Knott (Williamson - 74' )
  • 07 Loft

Substitutes

  • 02 Yates
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 12 Johnson
  • 17 Davis
  • 19 Williamson
  • 26 Birchall
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 21,929

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

5 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0.

90:00 +1:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lee Evans replaces Michael Jacobs.

90:00

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

89:28

Penalty saved! Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

88:55

Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.

88:55

Penalty conceded by Chris Lines (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

87:32

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:32

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

86:09

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Bakary Sako.

84:13

Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:44

Attempt saved. Daniel Jones (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:04

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by James Henry.

79:56

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

78:33

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

78:15

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

76:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Richard Stearman because of an injury.

74:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Richard Duffy.

73:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Louis Dodds.

73:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Billy Knott.

72:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Port Vale 0. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Ricketts.

71:01

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

71:01

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:09

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:09

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

67:21

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Billy Knott.

67:06

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:06 Booking

Booking Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

66:00

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:58

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

61:40

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

61:12

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

60:21

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

55:31

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

55:31

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:21

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

53:21

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:10

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

51:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Port Vale 0. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Ricketts.

50:07

Attempt missed. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

49:40

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

49:40

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +1:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +1:05

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:05

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

45:00 +0:36

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Neal.

41:06

Attempt missed. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

38:53

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

38:53

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:24

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

38:14

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

36:00

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:00

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

33:51

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

32:35

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:35

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

31:21

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Lines.

30:15

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

25:14

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

24:19

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

24:19

Jack Grimmer (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:57

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

21:33

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

21:26

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:26

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

13:17

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

10:41

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:41

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

3:30

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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