NOUHA Dicko described last night’s sensational winner at Hull as the best goal of his career.
The striker’s overhead kick in the 83rd minute sealed Blackpool’s 3-2 win in a thrilling game at the KC Stadium.
The Seasiders found themselves 2-1 behind with only 20 minutes to play after Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn had replied to Matt Phillips’ 10th minute opener.
But Pool boss Ian Holloway introduced Dicko and Kevin Phillips off the bench and they re-paid him with a goal each.
And the winner wasn’t just the goal of the night – it was also the goal of Dicko’s life.
The loan man from Wigan said: “It’s the best goal I’ve scored in my career, no doubt.
“The ball was going high, so the overhead kick was the only thing I could do – either that or just control it and pass it backwards.
“I thought I’d try my luck and luckily for me it was good. It was a very beautiful goal.
“I didn’t know if it had gone in as I had my back to goal but I saw all my team-mates running towards me, so I realised.”
It was the Frenchman’s third goal of the season since returning to Bloomfield Road on a season-long loan.
And he revealed Holloway sent him on to the pitch with a message ringing in his ears.
“Ian Holloway told me to score the winning goal for him,” Dicko said.
“I thought I was going to score and that’s what I did. I don’t know why I keep scoring off the bench. Every time I come on I seem to get a goal.
“I think I have to improve to score goals when I start too, but for the moment I don’t mind coming off the bench – I’m only young.”
The 20-year-old is having to be patient at Bloomfield Road, with the likes of Matt Phillips, Tom Ince and Nathan Delfouneso ahead of him in the pecking order.
But the striker has a level head and realises his time will come. “I’m here to improve and hopefully that’s what I’m going to do,” he added.
“Even if I don’t play, I’m watching my team-mates and learning from them every day.
“When I do play, I always do my best and try to show people what I can do.
“When we came into the stadium for a look around before the game, I told Ludo Sylvestre it was a beautiful stadium and how much I’d love to score here, so to do it was great.”
Many strikers set themselves targets for the year and Dicko’s no different, though his may be slightly ambitious.
“I want to score every time I’m on the pitch, so in that case I want to score 37 more times!” he joked.
While Dicko was delighted to score the winner, he knows how important the three points are to his side, lifting them to fourth in the Championship. After lose two games in the previous week, he says it was vital to bounce back.
“We lost two games and I didn’t really know why,” he admitted. “But it was really important to get a win. I think the Championship will be very tight this season.
“All the teams are good and will beat each other, so it’s important to try to win every game.”