But Jack­ett wants to top ta­ble be­fore the party gets started

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

KENNY Jack­ett called on Wolves to go up as cham­pi­ons af­ter con­firm­ing their Cham­pi­onship re­turn with the win over strug­gling Crewe at the Alexan­dra Sta­dium.

Kevin McDon­ald’s de­flected firsthalf opener and David Ed­wards’ ef­fort sand­wiched Chuks Aneke’s red card to en­sure au­to­matic pro­mo­tion from League One at the first at­tempt.

And Wolves boss Jack­ett be­lieves his side’s de­fen­sive so­lid­ity has been the bedrock of their suc­cess which has en­abled them to bounce back in con­vinc­ing style.

“It’s fan­tas­tic and a great feel­ing to get pro­mo­tion with four games to go and now for us we have to look for­ward to try and get the ti­tle,” he said.

“We’re in a great po­si­tion with Brent­ford los­ing to be able to do that. Then we can have a sum­mer plan­ning with enthusiasm at next sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship.

“We def­i­nitely want to go up as cham­pi­ons – we want to fin­ish first and it’s in our hands.

“We’ll be push­ing with ev­ery­thing we’ve got to try and do that. Af­ter that we’ll be gen­uinely ex­cited about head­ing back to the Cham­pi­onship.

“Our de­fen­sive record has been ex­cel­lent and that con­sis­tency has made it through.

“We didn’t give them any­thing and we got our goals at good times.

While we were con­cen­trat­ing on the game, the thought of a win putting us up was al­ways there and we han­dled both sit­u­a­tions very well.”

De­spite Wolves dom­i­nat­ing the early stages, Richard Stear­man breathed a sigh of re­lief on 11 min­utes when his pass was in­ter­cepted by Aneke who fed in Uche Ik­peazu but the on-loan Wat­ford man shot tamely at Carl Ikeme.

Lee Evans could have given Wolves a 33rd minute lead but his div­ing header failed to con­nect with Nouha Dicko’s right-wing cross.

The League One high-fly­ers con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure and mo­ments later Michael Ja­cobs jinked his way through the Crewe mid­field to curl a 25-yard ef­fort to­wards Ben Gar­ratt who par­ried wide. McDon­ald broke the dead­lock on the stroke of half-time when his shot from out­side the area found its way past a stranded Gar­ratt fol­low­ing a de­flec­tion.

Aneke was shown a straight red by ref­eree Dar­ren Bond af­ter the half­time whis­tle for al­legedly el­bow­ing Stear­man who fell to the ground clutch­ing his face.

Af­ter the break Wolves looked to cap­i­talise with their ex­tra man and full-back Scott Gol­bourne found Bakary Sako on the edge of the box who curled an ef­fort that sailed just wide.

Crewe winger Brad­den In­man wasted a glo­ri­ous 62nd minute op­por­tu­nity for the Rail­way­men by over­hit­ting a pass to a through on goal Ik­peazu, much to the home sup­ports’ frus­tra­tion. And they were made to rue the missed chance as Ed­wards added Wolves’ sec­ond to bring their Cham­pi­onship re­turn closer with a con­fi­dent and com­posed 67th minute fin­ish.

A pitch in­va­sion from the vis­it­ing fans then fol­lowed the fi­nal whis­tle as Wolves con­firmed their place back in English foot­ball’s sec­ond tier with their 28th league win of the sea­son.

Crewe boss Steve Davis be­lieved the game changed in the space of a few mo­ments.

“The game changed in that five minute pe­riod with the de­flected goal – I think it clipped one of our de­fend­ers – and then the send­ing off which I didn’t re­ally see,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously with it be­ing Chuks he’s the nicest guy on the pitch so it cer­tainly wouldn’t have been in­ten­tional, that’s for sure. I’m not even sure it was him, it might have been Uche so we’re not even sure he got the right guy so I’ll have a look at it be­fore I make a judge­ment.

“Play­ing Wolves at home is hard enough with 11 men, never mind ten. It was about try­ing to get as much out of them as we could and if we maybe had that one chance we could get back in the game.We just had a go and kept go­ing and I couldn’t fault their ef­fort.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SELF­IES: Wolves’ Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko are pho­tographed by fans af­ter be­ing pro­moted to the Cham­pi­onship

ON THE UP: Wolves fans show their sup­port STAR MAN MICHA


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