2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Barry Douglas (16')
  • Benik Afobe (45'+1')
  • Diogo Jota (53')
  • Conor Coady (66' PEN)

Wolves seal Championship title with big win at Bolton

Wolves will take their place in the Premier League next season as Skybet Championship winners after thrashing Bolton 4-0 at the Macon Stadium.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side only needed a point to cap a brilliant season with the division's top spot silverware.
First-half goals from full-back Barry Douglas and on-loan striker Benik Afobe virtually ensured Wolves had wrapped up the title by half-time.
And when Diogo Jota chipped keeper Ben Alnwick for the visitors' third seven minutes after the restart, the party certainly started among 4,796 travelling fans. Conor Coady added a fourth from the spot to confirm what was already known.
In contrast, defeat dropped Bolton closer to the relegation zone with games to play against Burton and Nottingham Forest.
Phil Parkinson's side have collected just seven points out of the last 33 available and are poised for a quick return to League One.
The home side, previously unbeaten against Wolves at the Macron since 1999, started promisingly enough.
Skipper Darren Pratley was off target with a fourth-minute header which should have at least tested keeper John Ruddy.
Filipe Morais then fired wide from an acute angle while there were strong appeals for a penalty after full-back Antonee Robinson went sprawling.
Gradually, though, Wolves turned the screw with one-time Bolton loanee Afobe prominent.
The Bournemouth front man saw one shot blocked by David Wheater while another right-footed attempt was pushed out by Alnwick.
Douglas reacted quicker than Morais to the loose ball and drove in an angled left-footed shot for the opening goal, his first since January 2 and fifth of the campaign after 16 minutes.
Jota and Helder Costa forced saves from Alnwick before Wolves doubled their advantage after 44 minutes.
Afobe superbly controlled a long pass with his first touch. Alnwick initially appeared to check the scorer's run but Afobe came out of the challenge with the ball, rolling it into an unguarded net from 12 yards for his sixth goal since moving to the West Midlands.
Bolton have not scored twice since December 23, 2017 so any comeback appeared in vain.
And it was game over, uncork the champagne when Jota accepted Costa's pass and lifted the ball over the advancing Alnwick after 52 minutes.
Wolves were now in cruise control and almost Afobe's last act before being substituted was to win the penalty for his team's fourth goal after 64 minutes.
The ex-Arsenal youngster's first shot was blocked and former Molineux favourite Karl Henry clattered into him before he could follow-up.
Afobe was first to step up for the spot kick before handing the ball to Coady to fire in right-footed for his first goal of the season.

English League Championship Standings

1 Burnley 21 +17 41
2 Sheffield United 21 +16 38
3 Blackburn Rovers 21 +2 36
4 Watford 21 +6 33
5 Norwich City 21 +6 32
6 Queens Park Rangers 21 +2 31
7 Millwall 21 +1 31
8 Swansea City 21 -1 31
9 Preston North End 21 -2 31
10 Sunderland 21 +6 30
11 Luton Town 21 +1 30
12 Coventry City 19 +3 29
13 Reading 21 -7 29
14 Birmingham City 21 +3 28
15 Middlesbrough 21 +3 27
16 Rotherham United 21 -1 26
17 Stoke City 21 -5 25
18 Bristol City 21 -2 24
19 Cardiff City 21 -8 24
20 Hull City 21 -14 24
21 West Bromwich Albion 20 0 23
22 Wigan Athletic 21 -10 23
23 Blackpool 21 -9 22
24 Huddersfield Town 20 -7 19