<i>Hull City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3</i>

Never mind the tactics, just feel the quality of that finishing!

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on course for the Premiership again - and it's all down to the rediscovered sharpness of their strikers.

Five months ago, Kenny Miller and Carl Cort were scoring goals for fun. But on returning to the team after injuries they found chances as tough to find as needles in haystacks in a confidencesapped Wolves side.

But a week after Miller's goal-touch returned, so did Cort's with a last-minute winner that could prove crucial. Loan signing Jeremie Aliadiere claimed his first goal since December 2003, making for a fine afternoon's work.

Satisfying for Wolves, rough on Peter Taylor and Hull.

Despite Glenn Hoddle's insistence that his side had bossed it, this was no Wolves' mauling of the Tigers, who had good cause to feel they had been mugged.

Twice they gave the ball away needlessly in midfield, only to be taken apart by the clinical finishing from Aliadiere and Miller. And, having been handed a way back into the contest by Rob Edwards' freakish late own goal, the elder of the two Cort brothers stole it at the death.

It was not as good a strike as the stunning volley with which Cort's younger brother Leon had shot his side level just after the interval but Taylor's breath was still taken away by Wolves' speed on the counter-attack.

"l feel sorry for my lads," he said. "Some of our football was excellent and we didn't deserve it, but we had a hand in all three Wolves goals.

"It's very frustrating when you lose the ball cheaply, as happened for the first two goals. Then a wonderful cross which was very hard to defend beat us in the last minute.

"But they've got the play-ers that can score. They've got the quality to counter-attack."

And therein lies the entire knub of Wolves' season. For too long, Wolves have proved uninspiring, unloved and almost unwatchable.

But, if Miller, Cort and Aliadiere can keep £1.4 million new signing Tomasz Frankowski on the bench, whatever changes of tactics dreamed up by their unfailingly imaginative manager, any team will find it hard to stop them.

"We've never given up on anything," Hoddle said. "And there'll now be a few people looking over their shoulder.

"We've had a little bit of an iffy patch but the rest of the division have always respected us, I can see a little turn in our fortunes we haven't had all season and we're hitting form at the right time."

After dropping Frankowski (apparently because Hoddle's preferred 4-3-3 formation did not suit him), Aliadiere did not take long to justify his selection.

The Frenchman had already twice shown a quick turn of foot when he cruised on to a penetrative through-ball from Mark Davies to fire beyond former Aston Villa reserve keeper Boaz Myhill.

Since announcing himself for Arsenal with two Carling Cup goals against Wolves in a 5-1 win in December 2003, followed by another in the next round a fortnight later against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, the injury-hit Aliadiere has played fewer than seven hours of competitive football.

This was only his fourth start in two seasons and he has only ever once completed a full 90 minutes.

But if this is how he looks when he's ring rusty then Championship defences beware!

Aliadiere's strike had been against the run of play and, although it took a point-blank Myhill save to stop Miller adding an instant second, it seemed only fair when the clumsy Joleon Lescott brought down Jon Parkin to earn Hull a penalty. Stuart Green, who had missed his previous penalty, was removed from spot-kick duties after squandering this one, too, firing wide of Stefan Post-ma's left upright.

Hull made amends after the break when Edwards' poor headed clearance fell to Cort jnr who smashed home an imperious right-foot volley from 12 yards.

Miller was then rewarded with a lucky break when, in attempting to find Aliadiere, Hull defender Alan Rogers played it back into his path and the Scot stuck it away from 12 yards. It looked all in vain when Edwards' attempted clearance crazily ballooned in underneath Post-ma's bar.

"Bizarre," Hoddle said. "It defied gravity!"

But Aliadiere's tiredness came to Wolves' aid. He asked to come off, Rohan Ricketts came on for the final quarter of an hour and Cort snr steamed in at the death to steer home Ricketts' cross.