Wolves 3 (Ricketts 5, Jacobs 24, Dicko 56)
Carlisle United 0
The League One Champions finished it all off in style with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Carlisle United. The three points gave Wolves a record total for the third tier of English football and it put them in third place of the overall list from all divisions.
Whilst the atmosphere at Molineux was carnival like, there was sympathetic applause at the end for the Cumbrian team who were relegated. But they battled on to the final whistle although even if they had beaten Wolves, results elsewhere would have condemned them to the drop
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that draw with Coventry seven days earlier. Bakary Sako, Nouha Dicko and skipper Samuel Ricketts all returned in place of James Henry, Liam McAlinden and Matt Doherty who were named as substitutes.
Carlisle kicked-off and they fell into arrears after just five minutes. Michael Jacobs had already seen his early shot deflected and cleared when Sako hit a sweet crossfield ball into the path of Ricketts.
The defender bypassed Matt Robson and took aim before unleashing a terrific left-footed drive that flew past Jordan Pickford in the United goal.
Centres from Scott Golbourne and Ricketts had the visiting defence in all sorts of trouble and it wasn’t until the 11th minute that Carlisle had a goal attempt – a long-range effort from David Amoo that was yards wide.
But Wolves were soon back on the front foot and the pressure paid off in the 24th minute with a second goal. Kevin McDonald and David Edwards combined to release Golbourne on the left and his cross was headed home by Jacobs.
It was almost three within a couple of minutes as Edwards met a Sako cross at the near post before turning and hitting a shot just the wrong side of the post.
Jacobs took aim and curled the ball narrowly wide from 22-yards before Robson rifled in a shot from a similar distance that Carl Ikeme knocked down before holding on to.
Five minutes before the break Dicko connected with McDonald’s deep pass into the box. The French striker tried an audacious flick over his shoulder that was only just wide.
Then, after Ricketts had pumped the ball into the box, Dicko met the ball with a first time shot that he lifted over the bar from eight yards out.
Half-Time: Wolves 2 Carlisle 0
United made a double switch at the start of the second-half with Pascal Chimbonda and Sam Byrne replacing Amoo and Danny Redmond. Three minutes in, Danny Batth was given a harsh yellow card after he looked to have won the ball from Lee Miller. David Symington’s free-kick was high and wide of the target.
In the 53rd minute Sako took the ball from the halfway line to the edge of the Carlisle box before releasing Golbourne on the overlap. The full back delivered a fine cross that Dicko headed inches wide.
Just two minutes later though, a third goal arrived. Golbourne took a return pass from McDonald and cut into the box before hitting a shot that Pickford could only push away as far as Dicko who rammed a shot high into the net.
Edwards received a tremendous reception as he left the field to be replaced by Henry who was soon involved threading a pass through to Jacobs who ran to the by-line and lashed a low cross through the six-yard box that Dicko just failed to reach.
The Carlisle defence couldn’t clear their lines and when Golbourne played the ball back to Lee Evans he drove it just over the angle.
Ricketts went forward looking to add to his goal tally beating two challenges before trying a shot that was blocked. The ball spun invitingly for Dicko but he had run into an offside position.
Dicko, with his back to goal, was crowded out as he tried to turn onto a Ricketts cross, and Ikeme saved a cross-shot from Kyle Dempsey at the near post in rare Carlisle attack.
Three minutes from the end a well worked move almost resulted in a fourth Wolves goal. Evans found Ricketts with a lofted pass and the captain laid a perfect ball into the path of Henry whose dipping shot from the edge of the box was just too high.
Jack Price, a late replacement for Sako, almost made his mark but he was thwarted by Redmond who saved at close range.
Moments later the final whistle signalled the end of what has been an unforgettable season for Wolves and the club’s supporters.
Wolves: Ikeme, Ricketts, Golbourne, McDonald, Batth (capt), Stearman, Edwards (Henry 64), Evans, Dicko (Clarke 80), Sako (Price 88), Jacobs.
Unused subs: McCarey, Doherty, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell.
Booking: Batth (47 – foul).
Carlisle: Pickford, Robson, Amoo (Chimbonda 45), Noble (Dempsey 68), Miller, Potts, Symington, Berrett (capt), O’Hanlon, Redmond (Byrne 45), Brown.
Unused subs: Gillespie, Brough, Guy, Meppen-Walter.
Referee: A. D’Urso.