Kenny Jackett tonight reflected on the “wonderful feeling” of Wolves clinching promotion with four games to go – but immediately set his sights on going on to lift the Sky Bet League One title.
Wolves’ 2-0 win at Crewe this afternoon sealed an immediate return to the Championship, sparking joyous scenes of celebration and tributes to Jackett and his revamped squad.
“It’s fantastic – a great feeling to get promotion with four games left and now, for us, we have to look forward to try and get the title, which is what we want.
“We're in a great position to do that now with Brentford losing today, we can then have a summer of planning and then look ahead with real enthusiasm to next season.
“This is a wonderful feeling and it's something we have to build on.
“When you're looking at the top of the league, it's very competitive and we didn't actually hit the top until about two thirds of the way through the season, but we were always in there towards the top, with a very high points tally throughout.
“We've been consistent and our defensive record has been excellent and that consistency has got us through.
“We've struggled recently with the likes of Shrewsbury, Crawley and Stevenage, all of whom have put on very good performances against us, and today we looked at the pitch which was very bobbly and on a windy day, it made it very difficult.
“We managed the game very well, got an excellent clean sheet; our defensive strength was there and we got the goals at good times.
“While we were concentrating on the game, the overall picture of a win putting us up was always there, so we handled both situations very well.
“We have a lot of shots, and if you keep shooting, you get goals. We had more shots than the opposition today and if you keep shooting results go your way.”
Jackett paid tribute to the whole squad for their efforts over the season so far, not just the 11 who got the nod to start at Gresty Road this afternoon.
“It’s a fantastic achievement by the whole squad and everyone coming into the team,” he added.
“Lee Evans was superb today - people know their jobs and that's a big thing.
“We've had good preparation which has helped us with injuries and it’s been a big feature, particularly of the second half of the season, that I've been able to select from the same squad.
“We definitely want to go up as Champions, we want to finish first.
“It's in our hands, we'll push with everything we've got to do that and try to get the title.
“After that we'll be genuinely excited about going into the Championship. It's a big league and it's an exciting league and we have to plan as a club to improve and to do well.”
A good-natured pitch invasion followed the final whistle this afternoon, leaving Jackett and several of the players scurrying for the dressing room although many stayed out to indulge in sing-a-longs with the exuberant supporters.
“That's the fastest I've run for 25 years to get away!” added Jackett with a smile.
“I saw the fans coming and while I was going to go and find my wife and family, I chickened out!
“I’ll go and see them now though.
“To be honest I felt sorry for Scott, it was a bad day to be a left back, he had no chance to get across!”
After the celebrations it will be business as usual next week, with Wolves preparing for a Good Friday meeting with promotion-chasing Rotherham.
“They're talking about a great atmosphere and a great crowd, and it'll be a good game.,” added Jackett.
“Rotherham are a good team, they've had a first class season themselves.
“Our next two against Rotherham and Leyton Orient are big games that we look forward to.”