Ollie’s 90 minute challenge to striker

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IAN Holloway has set Nouha Dicko a task – to learn how to play 90 minutes.

All of the striker’s three goals this season have come after being introduced off the bench.

And despite it being a handy knack to have, Blackpool manager Holloway doesn’t want the Frenchman to be labelled a super-sub.

The Pool boss said: “I need to work on teaching him how to get moving for 90 minutes.

“He wants to play 90 and I’m sure eventually he will. He’s not a super-sub – he’s a massive impact player.”

The 20-year-old is on a season-long loan from Premier League side Wigan after impressing during a three-month spell last season.

He scored a sensational winner at Hull on Tuesday and Holloway revealed he told Dicko to go and win the game.

Holloway added: “I’d just said to Nouha to get me the winner and then he went and did an overhead kick,” he said.

“It was quite phenomenal really. There’s no way he should have scored that.

“He managed to get his body out the way and adjust his feet – that’s these young fellas for you.

“I’m sure Kev Phillips could do it too but he’d probably be in bed for two weeks after!” he joked.

The Blackpool boss is a big fan of Dicko’s. He’s the raw, young type of player Holloway likes to work with.

“He’s a goalscorer and he’s improving all the time. I love his attitude and I love what he’s doing.

“If he can score in 10 or 15 minutes on the pitch, why does he need to play 90?” he joked.

While Dicko is just starting his career, another of Pool’s midweek goal heroes is right at the other end of the scale.

Kevin Phillips has seen it all in football and fired over 250 league goals.

But he had gone 13 games without finding the net for the Seasiders, and Holloway said it was good to see him off the mark for the season.

“Kev is a goalscorer, but until you’ve got a goal at the start of a new season you start counting how many games it’s been since you scored.

“It’s difficult for Kev as he’s had to dip in and out of the side, but the lads will have to get used to that.

“As a striker you are judged on goals, and that boy will never, ever change.”