New Stadium - Cardiff City FC
Championship League Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg
Tuesday, May 17th 2011, 7.45pm
you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
easy was your journey/finding the
you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
There was great atmosphere from both side leading up to the game. The stewards were friendly and the facilities were good.
second half, Cardiff missed a great chance
to get a goal back, but the Cardiff’s
Emmanuel-Thomas fired is shot across Adam
Federici’s goal. Reading had a chance to
go three up; Jobi McAnuff ran from the
centre circle and reached the semi-circle
on the edge of the Cardiff box, passed the
ball left to Long, who crossed in towards
the on rushing Noel Hunt. Hunt could only
head the ball on to the post, as the ball
skidded on the surface – picking up pace –
before reaching Hunt. Cardiff, again, had
a chance to get a goal back.
Emmanuel-Thomas played the ball down in
the ground and the ball bounced up and
over the Reading goal. Federici could have
been sent off after getting to a ball
outside of his penalty area, before the
Cardiff striker and Reading defenders.
Cardiff fans claimed that it was handled
by the Australian. Reading’s Long crossed
the ball to fellow Irishman Noel Hunt, who
fired across the face of the Cardiff goal
from 10 yards. Then the game was over, A
Griffin throw in to Leigertwood, followed
by a pass to McAnuff – who was about
thirty-five yards out at the time – ran
towards the box. Twisting passed two
Cardiff players before reaching the box,
being tackled by one of them – with the
referee playing an advantage – keeping his
footing and firing into the Cardiff net.
The Cardiff fans started to leave the
stadium. Loads of people surged down the
aisle next to me towards the pitch – they
were stopped from getting on to the pitch
by stewards and the police. The players
celebrated in front of the Reading fans.
Also, the Cardiff fans had “happy
clappers” which ended up being used as
missiles. These were thrown at players,
officials, police and the Reading fans.
The game was stopped for a few minutes,
because of this.
Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
didn’t get away from the ground for about
half an hour, partly due to celebrating
with the players – however the players
couldn’t stay out for long, due to some
Cardiff fans getting on to the pitch – and
partly due to the away fans being locked
the away car park area for about half an
hour after the match.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day
It was a great day out. The Royals had a trip to Wembley and a great three-nil win against Cardiff. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve heard watching Reading. It’s a nice stadium and has good facilities and a good away car park, but nothing special.
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