Leyton Orient 1 Wolves 3 - match report and pictures

Wolves clinched the League One title today with a flattering 3-1 win at Leyton Orient.

Although Richard Stearman (17), Bakary Sako (17) and an injury-time belter from substitute James Henry scored, a superb display of goalkeeping from Carl Ikeme was behind Wolves’ 30th victory of the season and a club record 14th away victory.

The keeper produced numerous superb saves while Orient had an effort disallowed and twice hit the bar.

The title is Wolves' 10th in their club history and their first since 2009 when they won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League under Mick McCarthy.

Sako shook off the tight hamstring the forced him off after 70 minutes of that game to take his place in a side that showed one change from the starting line-up that beat Rotherham 6-4 on Good Friday with Jack Price returning for Lee Evans in midfield.

Orient were quick out of the blocks and David Mooney had a chance from a dipping volley after just 15 seconds but he got his angles all wrong and it flew well wide.

Wolves were next to show and Kevin McDonald tried his luck with a curling shot after six minutes that keeper Jamie Jones made a falling save to his left to smother.

The visitors then went ahead to take some of the sting out of Orient when Stearman headed home after Danny Batth got across his man to head Michael Jacobs’s corner across goal.

Wolves remained dangerous on the break and Sako forced Jones into another diving save with a 25-yard drive in the 25th minute.

Orient should have been level a minute later but the unmarked Mathieu Baudry headed over from six yards out from Dean Cox’s cross.

It looked like Wolves got away with a huge penalty shout in the 28th minute when Stearman handled in the box.

The whole of the home support appeared to shout for a spot-kick, but the one man whose opinion mattered, referee Neil Sawrbrick, waved play on.

And within four minutes, Wolves doubled their lead when Sako guided home a first-time shot off the inside of the keeper’s left-hand post after helping on a throw-in to Nouha Dicko, who teed him up.

Orient captain Nathan Clarke was booked for a late tackle on Dicko on 39 before the home side ended the first-half with a flourish.

Mooney forced a fine low save from Carl Ikeme after cutting inside Batth on 40 before the Wolves keeper acrobatically tipped over Clarke’s header from Cox’s corner three minutes later.

Mooney then flashed a header wide under pressure from Cox’s corner before Orient finally had the ball in the net on the stroke of the end of normal time at the end of the first half.

Chris Dagnall headed home from almost on the line after Romain Vincelot won a towering header only to see it crash off the bar, but the effort was disallowed as the striker was offside.

Orient started the second half as they had finished the first – on the attack.

Dagnall and Mooney forced Ikeme into fine reaction saves but Wolves couldn’t keep them out and Cox halved the deficit when he sidefooted home a loose ball from 15 yards after Ikeme couldn’t make the catch from a deep cross under fierce pressure then the defence failed to clear.

Wolves weathered the storm however to attack through Michael Jacobs and he saw a penalty shout waved aside when Clarke blocked off his run on 53.

Dicko then tried to find an unusual route to goal when he flicked the ball across box despite being grounded but no one could apply the finishing touch.

Mooney wasted a chance on the half volley when his effort flew well over after John Lundstram challenged Ikeme.

Wolves gradually began to look threatening again on the break and Dicko’s early volley on the run was clawed out of the air in acrobatic style by Jones on 63.

Dave Edwards then saw a fierce, angled volley palmed away by bthe Orient keeper after Price split the defence five minutes later.

But Wolves were indebted to Ikeme in 72nd minute after two breathtaking saves in between Shaun Batt heading against the bar.

The latter brave save, coming as Batt slid in and Ikeme flung himself to his right, left the keeper with blood streaming from his nose and play was briefly held up to allow him treatment.

Comments for: "Leyton Orient 1 Wolves 3 - match report and pictures"

grumppy grandad

Another great win thanks to Ilene

grumppy grandad

Thanks to Ikeme

oldergold

What a beauty McLeod

Champions ordained for real now UP THE WOLVES

nik.hare1

CHAMPIONS YEES!!!!! WHAT A SEASON, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PLAYERS,MANAGEMENT,BACKROOM STAFF,ADMINISTRATION,THE TWO M'S AND WWFC SUPPORTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. UTW.

cornishwolves

NIK

Took the words right out of my mouth UTW

Farmer Ted

Our turn to have the rub of the green. How on earth did the referee and his assistant miss that Stearman arm ball in the penalty area. In the end who cares? Tough luck Orient but we are (all but) Champions.

Carl Ikeme undoubtedly Man of the Match.

Now for 105 points.

nik.hare1

Wolverhampton 44 30 9 5 85 30 +55 99

awesome, what a brilliant end to end game, just like rotherham , orient played their part and could have won or at least deserved a draw.

but as matt murray said it is fine lines that seperate winners from losers.

ikeme motm.

we move on to coventry, utw.

karlwolves

First half performance was great and yes we did ride our luck, think it was a definite penalty for Orient but never mind. The second half was very labored passing going astray and trying to walk the ball into the back of the net.Carl won man of the match by a country mile some fantastic saves to maintain our lead. The score line did not reflect the game and Orient will feel hard done by, but now we can watch the squad parade the trophy on the last game of the season, providing the idiots stay off the pitch. Well done to Kenny and the boys.

baza

Another great win for Wolves, The only worry is that they seem to take there foot of the gas to early and allow teams the chance to get back into the game, but no complaints KJ & the boys have made me proud to be a WOLVES fan again and I can not wait for next season for the next instalment. COME ON ME BABBIES.

Doyler!

Awesome, bloody awesome! How can we not win the title now? Another magnificent display and result. Well done lads.

UTW

Tomwolf

Well done the lads, another 3pts nearer the league title. I thought the players worked tirelessly throughout the game. Everything seemed to involve McDonald, but we owe our resulst to a m.o.t.m performance by Carl Ikeme, what a giant of a performance he displayed. WELL DONE TO THE LADS: UTW:

1wolves

Another remarkable performance from Ikeme. Ikeme for player of the season

Well done KJ - manager of the season.

WELL DONE WOLVES

C H A M P I O N S

1wolves

Forgot to say that the fat lady will be singing at Molineux when we lift the trophy.

Silver Wolf

Enjoy these golden moments ..... old gold, of course!

Corfuwolves

Yes, I'm looking forward to hearing Moxey sing too!

derbyshirewolf

No doubt that Ikeme was m.o.t.m. by a country mile, but having said that Wolves thoroughly deserved the victory. My reasoning for this is that the truly creative football was played by Wolves. They possessed the passing game , and fluid movement which is necessary to unlock defences, especially at a higher level. Orient's goal threat, for all its frequency, tended to come from old fashioned long balls and crosses for their considerable heading ability.---------Yes, there were times when we struggled to cope with this, but more often Orient failed to cope with our fitness levels, and our pace on the break.---------- By the way, I thought Dicko's quick thinking headed pass to set up Sako for his goal was top drawer-------a brilliant assist!

1wolves

MK Dons just pulled one back against Brentford.

One more and the league is ours today.

Stearmans overhead kick

We are Champions 1 Wolves ,Mk dons have just got another and the game as ended 2-2.

ManhattanWolf

By all accounts we were lucky today. We were due some luck, anyway, so it all evens out. I'm sure KJ will have identified weaknesses and is already planning on fixing them for next year. Hope we can break the League 1 points record with wins against Coventry and/or Carlisle.

1wolves

MK Dons just scored

champions

Buckswolf

CHAMPIONS!! UTW

derbyshirewolf

Good old McLeod!!!!!!

Silver Wolf

What a last ten minutes at MK - brilliant - Champions.

baza

MY BABBIES ARE CHAMPIONS, WELL DONE TO ALL AT THE CLUB AND TO OUR SUPPORTERS.

oldergold

CHAMPIONS let's enjoy it before the its only league 1 brigade get going UTW

ELDERVO

Div 1 champions, best wishes to Kenny and the lads. Ikeme player of the year for me.

Too many records to list and can't see anyone stopping us getting 105 points now.

.....MAGNIFICENT.

UTW

seaside001

How refreshing to see some Premiership-type play: passing along the ground, passing out of trouble from defence. Trapping a high ball and finding a man in the same colour shirt. Gone is the McMuppet hoof, head and hope of yesteryear. Defence a lot better but still requires some work for the Championship and beyond.

Well done Mr Jackett and all the players. Still not convinced about Clarke though. Even for the short time he was playing he ambled around the pitch like next week would do.

Wolfman

Wolves Champions and them up the road relegated (?)........interesting year next year.

Mountain Wolf

I think our distant cousins will cling on by the skin of their dentures so we won't be seeing them next year.

Mountain. As much as it hurts to say. I have to agree with you.

Stearmans overhead kick

Well done Champion ,Well deserved ! Yeah! Ikeme man of the match for me followed close by the ref and is assistant for not seeing the penalty, Some good end to end stuff, And nice to see we didn't lie down when they got their goal after another dopey ten minutes before and after half time of Obvious to see though that when either team kept possession better the more they bossed the game.

nik.hare1

WWFC ONE CLUB,ONE LOVE.WE AM WOLVES AY WE.

SEATTLE WOLF

It justs gets better and better!

tesswoody

Great result at Leyton Orient.

As stated above Ikeme was brilliant as were the back four.

Good game to witness and so proud of the end result.

Thank you Wolves for restoring faith in this wonderful club.

Good teamwork and work ethic has paid off.

Thank you Kenny Jackett you have done a cracking job in exemplary fashion.

So proud and happy for everyone connected with making this season so memorable for our wonderful patient fans.

We are Wolves and this is our club ! X

tatmon

FAO ROWLEYWOLF:

relegation to league one will be a positive step

A chance to get rid of the deadwood and big time charlies and rebuild through a combination of the youth system and signing quality players from league one and the championship

WHAT YA SAYIN NOW?!!!!

rovi.osinborn

CLASS ON THE GRASS! WELL DONE EVERYONE AT WOLVES

AucklandKiwiWolf

I watched the game live early in the morning here.Well done Wolves though we were very fortunate but Wolves are Champions!

Ye Olde South Bank

Okay, we got a bit lucky with the Stearman handball, but Orient's disallowed effort was clearly offside, so that's that. Besides, as others have said, we were overdue some good fortune. let's remember that Orient got their lucky break at Molineux when they could easily have been 3 or 4-0 down, but took a slightly fortunate point in the end. So, some you win, some you lose. The only stats that matter say:

Three goals away from home. Another three points for Wanderers. Championship title pocketed. Job done.

nigel.mcgregor.3

Congratulations to everyone at Wolves great team effort as an added bonus here in New Zealand a sports channel are showing the match this pmso I can see my beloved Wolves in action

Alan in Cyprus

Saw the game in our local beach-side taverna, we will have to play much better than this to survive in the Championship. Mr Morgan - get your cheque book out, don't make the same mistakes again. Well done everyone, live for today, tomorrow the hard work starts.

wolves 4 ever

Just read carl ikeme on the wolves fc site,hes so modest but I agree with what he said about his fellow defenders,maybe the team did have a little luck Monday, but they deserved the win again.After the game it was a good feeling to be able to say the whole squad at this level is brilliant,you don't have to worry if the regular scorers go a few games without a goal,because anybody in the current side is capable of a goal,I cannot see one weak link, I don't think I could say that about any team in the 60 yrs Ive have followed Wolves never felt so proud to be a Wolves fan and what a building block to build future teams on WELL DONE everybody at the MOLINEAUX.And on the plus side as well its kept everybodies favourite W B A fan JACK THE HAT QUIET that's an achievement in its self.