Dicko’s desire for Blackpool place

Nouah Dicko celebrates with Stephen Crainey at The New Den on Saturday
Nouah Dicko celebrates with Stephen Crainey at The New Den on Saturday
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IN-form Nouha Dicko says he couldn’t have done much more to force his way into Ian Holloway’s play-off plans.

The on-loan Wigan striker has scored in Blackpool’s last two matches and produced a string of performances which have left the boss purring.

Dicko is desperate to start the semi-final first leg against Birmingham at Bloomfield Road on Friday.

Though only 19, Dicko is mature enough to realise that the manager has options galore up front and that he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

The Frenchman said: “I have done all I can in the last two games to try to get in the team and I am happy to be scoring goals at this stage of the season.

“It was important for me to score in the last two matches because I haven’t played a lot of games at Blackpool.

“I think I have shown what I can do and now the gaffer will have to make his choice.

“Birmingham is a massive game for the club, very important, and if I start it will be great for me.

“But if I don’t get in the starting 11, then I just hope to be involved in the squad and hopefully I will get a chance to come on and show what I can do.”

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The likelihood is that Dicko will be among the substitutes but the manager knows he has another player in reserve, like Kevin Phillips, who is capable of changing a game.

Holloway said: “Nouha has been terrific lately and his goal at Millwall was fantastic.

“It was a quality goal from start to finish – a good pass from Tom Ince and a super delivery from Stephen Crainey.

“Nouha has that knack of anticipating where a pass or a cross is going to go and he can use his electric pace to get on the end of things.

“He is still a very young lad but the speed he has from a standing start is quite frightening. He has a big future in front of him.

“I wish he was our player because I really like the way he plays.

“He is in good form and hopefully he will be an important player for us in the play-off games.”

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