League One
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Port Vale

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.

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:

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Post match: Wolves boss Jackett

"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."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26Golbourne
  • 19Price
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanSubstituted forDohertyat 77'minutes
  • 7Henry
  • 11McDonald
  • 40Dicko
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forEvansat 90+2'minutes
  • 10SakoSubstituted forEdwardsat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 3Elokobi
  • 4Edwards
  • 14Evans
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 31McCarey

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 20Grimmer
  • 3Jones
  • 24DuffySubstituted forBirchallat 75'minutes
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 67mins
  • 5Dickinson
  • 18Lines
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 74'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 28KnottSubstituted forWilliamsonat 74'minutes
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 17Davis
  • 19Williamson
  • 26Birchall
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
21,929

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lee Evans replaces Michael Jacobs.
Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Penalty saved! Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Chris Lines (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.
James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Edwards replaces Bakary Sako.
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.
Attempt saved. Daniel Jones (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by James Henry.
Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.
Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Substitution

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

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.

Substitution

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3221743770
2Leyton Orient3421763570
3Brentford3220752367
4Preston34171341464
5Rotherham33171062161
6Peterborough3216412952
7Swindon3413813647
8Walsall33121110547
9MK Dons3413714246
10Port Vale3313416-843
11Bradford3391410441
12Sheff Utd3211813-441
13Crawley289118-338
14Oldham3410816-938
15Gillingham3411518-1438
16Coventry3113810337
17Carlisle3310716-1737
18Tranmere339915-1736
19Colchester3181112-435
20Bristol City3471413-735
21Crewe349817-2535
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Stevenage329419-2031
24Notts County349322-1930
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