Wolves 3 Carlisle United 0 - match report and pictures

Wolves became the best third tier team in history after strolling to a 3-0 win against Carlisle, who were relegated.

Captain Sam Ricketts after five minutes, Michael Jacobs (23) and Nouha Dicko’s 12th goal of the season on 56 gave Kenny Jackett’s League One champions the win they needed to overhaul Charlton’s 101-point record and finish on 103, the most ever at this level.

Wolves were in control throughout and could have scored many more goals as Dicko twice, Ricketts and substitute James Henry went close to adding to their tally.

Carl Ikeme kept Wolves’ 25th clean sheet of the season, one of six club records to be broken along with most points, consecutive wins, most overall wins, most away wins, and least away goals conceded.

Jackett made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 away to Coventry last week.

Sam Ricketts, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko replaced Matt Doherty, James Henry and Liam McAlinden, who all dropped to the bench where Leon Clarke returned after missing the Sky Blues game with a groin injury.

Wolves, attacking the Stan Cullis Stand end, started in bright sunshine in front of a packed and colourful Molineux.

Many fans were waving gold and black flags, while there was a new Toaster Wolves banner hanging from the South Bank balcony proclaiming ‘Ours Again’ in recognition of the team winning League One – the club’s 10th title.

The home side dominated the first half and deservedly moved into a two-goal lead which could have been more.

Lee Evans had the first attempt after three minutes but his shot had the sting taken out of it by a deflection and keeper Jordan Pickford was able to collect.

Wolves fans didn’t have long to wait to celebrate a goal as they took the lead in the next attack.

Ricketts took possession and cut inside from the right before unleashing a low, left-foot drive that bounced off the turf and nestled into Pickford’s near post.

It was his second successive goal at Molineux after opening his account in the 6-4 win against Rotherham on Good Friday.

Kevin McDonald saw a drive blocked from just outside the box on eight minutes before Carlisle’s first attempt, with David Amoo fired woefully wide on the counter-attack three minutes later.

Lee Miller looped a header well over from James Berrett’s corner on 13 but Wolves again showed a clinical edge by doubling their lead midway through the half.

Not for the first time, Jacobs showed tremendous spring to plant a towering header in off the post from six yards out after Dicko failed to get to Bakary Sako’s cross for his eighth goal of the season.

Carlisle had been very much second best and finally gave Ikeme something to do eight minutes before the break when Matt Robson advanced from the left-back position and let fly with a firm angled drive from the edge of the box.

But it flew straight into the arms of Ikeme.

The goalmouth action switched to the other end where Dicko had two chances to make it 3-0 before half-time, both set up by the excellent Ricketts.

First he failed to connect properly with a falling volley, then he should have buried a centre as Carlisle’s defence parted on the edge of the six-yard box, but instead volleyed well over the bar.

The visitors, who swapped David Amoo and Danny Redmond for Pascal Chimbonda and Sam Byrne at half-time, started the second half looking sharper.

But it was Wolves who continued to look more dangerous and carve out the better chances after taking a while to get going again.

The unmarked Dicko headed inches wide from six yards out from Scott Golbourne’s cross after Sako ran at the defence.

Miller allowed Wolves to regroup after he checked inside and Ricketts blocked his shot after he advanced into a threatening position.

But Wolves soon made their possession count again when they made it 3-0.

Dicko slammed home a first-time shot from eight yards out after Golbourne’s sidefooted effort was palmed away following Sako’s cross.

Dave Edwards was given a standing ovation as he made way for James Henry in the 65th minute, and you can’t help thinking this won’t be the last we see of the out-of-contract midfielder.

Wolves continued to dominate as the Mexican waves rolled around a carnival-like Molineux, and the team were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net at times.

Evans finally lashed wide at the end of one intense period of pressure in the 68th minute, before the outstanding Ricketts saw a shot blocked after cutting inside.

Ricketts was then the central figure in an attack that saw him steaming into the box unmarked to latch onto a backheel by Jacobs to set up Dicko but the striker couldn’t squeeze in a shot with his back to goal and a defender and Pickford for company and the keeper collected.

Dicko became the second player to receive a standing ovation when he was replaced by Clarke in the 80th minute.

Comments for: "Wolves 3 Carlisle United 0 - match report and pictures"

Corfuwolves

Marvellous stuff!

Rhys.wwfc

One kenny jackett! One kenny jackett!

latvian wolf

Another brilliant day for the mighty Wolverhampton Wanderers !!

only bad news was the wernits escaping relegation just a pity now

Sandwell Town won't be relegated unless Norwich get a miracle 2 results

Captain Mardon International

How would you like your humble pie served?

You really are a jealous and bitter fool.

To all the other wolves fans, congratulations on winning the title. I hope you establish yourselves in the championship, who knows what then.

Farmer Ted

He's a constant source of embarrassment to most of the Wolves posters on this site.

Bigoted and ignorant.

I'm glad Blues stayed up, I got good mates who are Bluenoses, plus we like St Andrews. I would also like the next Black Country derby to be in the Premiership.

We've had a season to remember, thanks for your congratulations.

sue

Spot on Farmer Ted he makes us look stupid..

The Real Bully Hoo.

Well done and good luck to the 99.9% of decent Wulfies and well done Blues as well. A strong West Midlands scene can only be good for all of our clubs.

101 chicken chow mein

why dont we give jack the hat and latvian there own site. UTW

The Flying Winger

Out of Darkness cometh Light, how true that is today.

From Chumps to Champions.

Pride back in to the Team, Club,, City & Supporters.

Another 3 goals scored, from a team who couldn't score a goial to one that cannot stop scoring.

What a fantastic turnaround Jacket has achieved!!!!??

Also not forgetting the Chairman and CEO who yes do deserve some credit for supporting their new manager.

1wolves

Don't forget, another clean sheet.

Well done Carl, well done defenders, WELL DONE WOLVES.

The Flying Winger

Yes that too!!!!!

Solentwolves

Well done, Wolves. You've made a 73 years old supporter very happy.

.

Tomwolf

Solent, it does me too, you would have enjoyed the atmosphere, it was Gold n Black, everywere in and around Molinuex

Magnificent!

Congratulations to EVERYONE, beginning with Wolves' ownership, love or loathe them, along with the club's administration, team management, support staff, players and...the best SUPPORTERS (so say 2013-14 statistics) in the West Midlands!

Thus, carry the day to next season. We may have our typical detractors, those who doubt us, but these are the expected sentiments derived from those who either fear or envy what Wolves are about. We are going to challenge next season. For now, however, enjoy the day and well done to all involved.

UTMW !

ManhattanWolf

Fantastic season - now for a well-deserved break. Next season will be a massive scrap, but with a few additions over the summer, I'm sure we'll be in the mix

michael.read.773

Now for the Championship.Run like a military operation, smooth and efficient. Well done everyone. Did us good going back to basics. Derek Dougans Dog........

We're playing the baggies next season...

Great stuff great season at last.

What was the official attendance?

pricewolf

29,829. Old Gold everywhere

StuWolf

AWESOME,

Best season ever, whole club now as one, team, management, backroom staff and Fans.

Bring on the Championsip

brownwolf

MOTM eeny meeny miney moe

Cookley Wolf

Are you Jeremy Clarkson in disguise?

Stearmans overhead kick

Result, Celebrating as Champions at home, The weather, And watching an end of season game without any strife ,Made it a very memorable day ,And Yes ! I can open beer can easily tonight, Because for the first time in three seasons I have finger nails.Well done Kenny Jacket, And his team who have footballing knowledge on the training ground and pitchside, All the players, Kit man,Groundsman,Ticket office staff, And tea Lady.

Doyler!

Great game, great win! What a day. Well done WWFC, KJ and all the staff and in particular the players.

It's a great feeling. I wish that they didn't boo Morgan and his family when he came on after everything it spoilt the afternoon a bit. Thank god Moxey didn't come on!

Onwards and upwards.

Look forward to next season.

Very happy.

UTW.

Doncaster Wolf

Well done and THANK YOU to everyone connected with the Wolves! What we saw today at Molineux was proof that Wolverhampton has fallen in love with its football club again. Onwards and upwards!! COYW !!

Cookley Wolf

What a season! And let's make sure we really savour it, because surely most of us in the crowd today will never get to see another season quite like this one, where we've absolutely steamrollered the division, smashing records and opponents aside for fun. The routine manner in which we took Carlisle apart today meant there was a fairly reserved atmosphere for the last half hour or so. Perhaps not too surprising as promotion had already been clinched, the title was already ours and this particular game was all but won.

At the final whistle Kenny Jackett and the boys finally allowed themselves to properly celebrate what has been a fantastic achievement, and so did the fans, as a packed stadium gave the team a heroes reception. George Elokobi and his young daughter were given an emotional and memorable farewell on his lap of honour, whilst after last year's bitter recriminations it was fitting that Mr Morgan and his family were accorded polite, if not warm, applause from the South Bank when they came onto the pitch to lead the presentation ceremony.

Indeed, congratulations must go particularly to both Morgan and Moxey, whose own performances have been really spot-on this year. Their operation has been a resounding success. The appointment of Jackett now seems to have been an absolute masterstroke - his management style, technical knowledge, progressive tactics and entire persona are quite literally in a different league to anything shown by the last three incumbents.

So it is with renewed faith and optimism that we look forward to next season. I would be delighted to reach the play offs, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. We couldn't ask for more than we've had this season. And my favourite moment? Without doubt, that swashbuckling last 5 minutes against Rotherham to win 6-4 and basically secure the title. Unforgettable stuff!

AussieFan

Excellent post, Cookley Wolf. For overseas fans, this gave us a great insight into what happened from a fan's point of view, particularly during the celebrations. Wish I could have been there.

What a magic season we've had, and who would have thought a year ago that we would feel like this now?

Up the mighty Wolves.

PS - please can somebody explain the significance of the toaster banner, and the toasters on the signs in the North Bank? Where did it all start?

paul

Its a season to make you smile, thanks WWFC, and well done to Blues see you next season.

Bedford Wolf

For me Lee Evans was outstanding today in a very very good team performance.

Fantastic.... I'm going to miss getting up Sunday morning and reading the match report and seeing how we've won again. Great season so pleased for everyone at the club and especially the fans. UTW

Breretonwolf

Cookley, don't forget the unsung hero, Kevin Thelwell.

cornishwolves

Fantastic season , well done to all associated with Wolverhampton Wanderers LTW

sue

Fantastic season, One we will never forget , so sad to see George at the end,he was hugging everybody and seemed so sad to go but that's life!! The fans have been fantastic and pleased they didn't spoil the celebrations.Proud today.

The Flying Winger

Yes Sue, what a season with many memorable games and performances.

Pride in abundance!!!!!

DancesWithWolves

From chumps to champs. Well done to everyone and particularly the main man, KJ. I'm a Londoner and I can only guess what a lift this is for the city of Wolverhampton. Enjoy the moment Kenny, have a great holiday, and come back ready to hit the ground running again as you did last season. Your time has come, your career to date has prepared you for the task of putting Wolves back where we belong.

Jenko66

Lads,what is the toaster all about on the banners....I cor work it out......someone help me there please.

101 chicken chow mein

Jenko not 100% but been told its a group of fans from towcester.

Albrightondek

Perhaps it was because the players had already got promotion and the title in the bag and were relaxed, that they were able to totally dominate the game from start to finish. Or was it simply that Carlisle were just woeful and showed exactly why they're in a different direction to Wolves. Either way, Wolves won one of the easiest matches of the season.

On a sunny afternoon, with records being broken in front of almost full house, it was just a perfect day.

nik.hare1

albrighton, from my seat in the sb, it seemed to be a combination of

players mentally already on the beach and carlisle playing very poorly, think they had 3 shots on target all match.

defensively ricketts and baath were a wee bit too casual, stearman got away with one wayward pass, but apart from that the team performance was a routine victory, which could have been easily 5 or 6. oh and well done to the south bank for not ruining the trophy presentation. utw.

Shalom

Just wonderful. UTW.

honved1954

You report "proclaiming ‘Ours Again’ " was that not the exact same thing in capital letters on the front of "The Pink" back in 1960 after winning the FA Cup ??

101 chicken chow mein

I think your correct honved, i have a copy of this knocking about somwhere passed down to me by my dear old dad.

USWolf

I'm glad someone else picked this up.

The reference goes back further ... The headline after they won the FA cup in 1949 read "Its Ours"

The headline, after they won it again in 1960 was "Ours Again"

I am fortunate to have copies of both Pinks

Congratulations to all concerned. Can't wait for "the lads" to get back into the Premiership (where they belong) ... if nothing more, than to let us overseas fans to watch them every week on TV.

Shalom

Jenko66 - I have no idea either!!

Mountain Wolf

There has rarely been a day when I have felt more proud of anything. Kenny, Jackett, we fans owe you big time. Incidentally, it would be interesting to have some feedback from the supporter from down south who was making his first ever Molineux visit, courtesy of having decorated for his daughter.

beaconwolf

Now lets all go along to give Jody a great send-off tomorrow,and support the magnificent work and effort he has put in helping the sick and under privileged at Birmingham Children,s Hospital.

Ye Olde South Bank

What a great, great day for our Gold & Black City. It's been a season of eye-opening resurgence as KJ ditched the old guard and fixed everything that needed fixing. Quite how Kenny achieved what he did in so short a time is almost nothing short of miraculous. Quite how the boys responded to KJ's revolution in their magnificent style speaks volumes for their faith in him.

Wolvo desperately needed some new heroes to lift the gloom from a truly depressed city. Today, whilst doing a spot of shopping, I sensed a tangible, upbeat mood as the sun shone down. It's amazing how this city is so singularly tuned to the exploits of its beloved football club. There again, those of us born here know only too well how Wolves are the very heartbeat of Wolverhampton. Let's hope messrs Morgan and Moxey now realise it, too.

Thanks, Kenny. Thanks, lads. It's been an unforgettable ride, and one to remember for many a year to come. Pride and confidence has certainly been restored as Wolves rose phoenix-like from the ashes. It's only the beginning, though, if we're to see the mighty Wolves restored to the place where we all believe that they should be. The real hard work starts now.

tesswoody

Brilliant day, worth the round trip from Kent to witness the moment!

So pleased for everyone involved and attached to this beloved club.

Fantastic atmosphere, good football and amazing crowd of supporters !

Well done Wolves and especially Kenny Jackett. you are an inspiration. You have returned the spring in the step and the pride to Wolverhampton.

Such a good feeling not to have to worry about this team. They are all right !

I am convinced that we are going to go from strength to strength next season.

Wish everyone a great summer and see you in the Champoinship X

nik.hare1

was in the steve bull stand,

average performance.......bet, utw

BH

I was sat in the Steve Bull Upper Row A Seat 230. Got talking to a young lad next to me (must have been in 229, with his dad in 228). The boy was about 12/13 I guess, but how refreshing to talk to someone so young, so bright and knowledgeable about the game, a credit to his dad..!!! I asked who he was voting for in the player of the year vote and he told me David Edwards.......interesting that, I guess he's not a ball watcher that lad......!!!! The future is bright if we have such intelligent young fans......UTW

MOTM yesterday was difficult to chose as everyone played well, but if pushed I would give it to Lee Evans....

Roll on August....

Tomwolf

It was the easiest game of the season, I've seen, they never broke sweat during a most enjoyable afternoon, in front of a sea of Gold n Black. I would like to give my m.o.t.m to everyone connected to WWFC, home and abroad. UTW: