WOLVES: WE’RE HERE TO STAY
WOLVES proved they were in no mood to hang around in League One after going up as champions with a record 103 points – and boss Kenny Jackett has no intention of returning any time soon.
Goals from Sam Ricketts, Michael Jacobs and Nouha Dicko officially relegated Carlisle on the final day of the season and moved Wolves’ points total up to 103.
Charlton, under Chris Powell, held the previous record of 101 during the 2011-12 season and it could have been more emphatic than three for Wolves.
They never looked in any danger and Jackett, who led Millwall out of League One via the play-offs in 2010, is adamant it is just a stepping stone to bigger things for the club.
“We didn't look like faltering,” he said.“We started well and had good control of the game. It was a great day. The atmosphere was great, the fact that we nearly filled the place again was terrific.
“It was a comfortable win, in which we played some very good football. It just tops off a great season. We’re delighted to get the record of 103 points, which is some achievement in the third tier of English football. I’m very proud to get that record.
“Now what we want to do is try and build on this season and let it be the first good season of a good era for the club. If we can go into the Championship, not underestimating the size of the task but also have confidence, we can build on this year. Hopefully it’s a stepping stone to where we want to be.”
Ricketts opened the scoring on five minutes when he latched onto a long ball from Bakary Sako and beat Jordan Pick at his near post.
It was 2-0 when Scott Golbourne’s looping cross found Jacobs. Facing certain relegation the Cumbrians improved after the break with Carl Ikeme called on to save from Liam Noble.
But it was all over when Golbourne’s effort was parried by Pickford straight to Dicko who smashed the ball home.
Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh said he was already planning for next season – a believer that some of his players are not good enough to play at this level. He said:“I’m going to look at the signings I need to make.
“I’m not going to put numbers on it because I don’t know what’s available yet in terms of budget.
“But I’ve got an idea of which areas in the squad I want to improve.
“I haven’t told the players who’s staying and who’s going. I don’t want to divulge too much but there will be changes.
“I spoke with the chairman a couple of weeks ago about this season. I felt that this squad wasn’t good enough when I got the job. When I took over, I thought I was working miracles.
“Some of the decisions we made were poor and the lack of belief was there. Nobody was prepared to take the game by the scruff of the neck. “Some players you could see were just not good enough at
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