Goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain says that any promotion is one to relish as he paid tribute to the entire Wolves team for breaking the club’s clean sheet record.
Mountain’s charges Carl Ikeme and Aaron McCarey are the keepers who have kept the 24 clean sheets to surpass a 90-year-old landmark, but it is all thanks to the defence and indeed the whole team in front of them.
The excellent defensive record has underpinned a superb season which has seen Wolves promoted with four games to spare.
“Any promotion is something to relish and I’m relishing this one a little bit more because you realise that they don’t come along as often as you think,” says Mountain, whose first campaign at Wolves saw the previous promotion of 2008/09.
“Both of them were fantastic achievements for different reasons and it’s a moment to enjoy in your career.
“It’s a big thing for the club and when you see the supporters, you see how much it means to them.
“Getting promoted from any league is a fantastic achievement and so is winning a league.
“Hopefully we’ve put the smiles back on the faces of the supporters because they deserve it.
“They’ve followed us everywhere, they’ve sold out virtually every away game and created a great atmosphere wherever we’ve gone.
“Hopefully they can have a good summer and look forward to next season.
“And after the last two seasons, the impact of the gaffer says it all really.
“He’s a fantastic person to work with and he’s done fantastic things for the club and long may it continue.”
And that clean sheet record?
“It’s credit to the two goalkeepers but it’s really down to the whole team that keep the clean sheets,” says Mountain.
“Carl is a fantastic goalkeeper but what people don’t see is what gets him to that stage.
“He puts in so much work – not just on the training ground but away from the club, making sure he looks after himself and prepares himself right physically and mentally for the games.
“He deserves all the accolades and credit he’ll get for the clean sheets record.
“Carl works really hard making sure he’s right for the games.
“Aaron is a big part of it too because he’s pushed him and been really supportive.
“Both of them have played a part in our success this season.
“I think the determination to keep the ball out was shown on Saturday when Crewe had a free kick on the edge of the box and Richard Stearman and Sam Ricketts were both flying out to protect the clean sheet.
“So the record is for the team and hopefully we can go on and win the league.”
For Mountain and all of the backroom staff the message between now and the end of the season is straight-forward.
Go on and win the league!
“It’s a young team but we’ve got to worry about finishing the job off this season first before we worry about next season,” he added.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to win promotion, but we haven’t finished – we want to win the title now.”