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Wolves 3 Carlisle United 0 - match report and pictures

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[gallery] 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.

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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.

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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.

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