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Brunton Park
Carlisle United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One
Tuesday, November 5th 2013, 7.45pm
Jack Stanley
(Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was a cold Tuesday night (usually the best away days), and the club had put on free coach travel for fans because not many of us were expected to make the 360 mile round trip to Carlisle and back on a Tuesday night. Plus I didn't have Uni or work the next day so I was up for it!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As previously mentioned, we used the free coach travel from Wolves. I drove us from Worcester and parked at Molineux, then the coach took us directly from Molineux to Brunton Park. It took about 4 hours overall (including the 30 min stop off at the Lancaster services I think it was).

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

There was about 12 coaches overall, and they all parked on this field right outside the away end. We got off and everyone headed straight into the stand. We had a couple of beers there and something to eat. The home atmosphere or fans weren't intimidating at all, so there was no safety concerns from any of us.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Brunton Park was actually bigger than I thought when I first got to my seat, I think it holds around 15,000 which is strange for a club that averages around 5-6,000 a season in League One. The stand we were in was quite big and all seated, the stand behind the goal to our left was a small terraced stand with a large, deep roof; I can imagine that when that stands' full a good atmosphere can be made. The 'Main Stand' opposite us had a strange lay out, the lower tier was terracing then the tier above was seating. The end to our right was again a small, uncovered terrace, but it gave me the impression that it isn't used much unless away teams take around 2,500 plus with them to Brunton Park.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Going into the game we were in 2nd place, 3 points behind surprise leaders Leyton Orient and three ahead of 3rd place Peterborough. But we had a game in hand of both teams, so the Carlisle game was our chance to pick up three points and put the pressure on. While Carlisle were struggling and just two points above the drop zone at the opposite end of the table. We had endured a solid if unspectacular start to the season under Kenny Jackett, winning most of our games but far from the finished article and playing free flowing football.

As I expected, it was a scrappy start to the game with both teams struggling to take control. I should mention that the pitch was immaculate, and any team that plays good football would have loved it on there. Leigh Griffiths was allowed time to swivel and play in Bakary Sako through on goal, and he let loose from just outside the edge of the area and the ball swerved into the far bottom corner. We were right behind it, and it was a sweet strike. However as what happened a lot this season when we went 1-0 up (we scored first in most of our games), we didn't press on and Prince Buaben curled a beautiful effort from 20 yards into the far top corner giving Ikeme no chance after he was allowed the time to turn. However, James Henry curled in a terrific cross from the left and Leigh Griffiths' nodded it back across goal off the far post and it eventually rolled in on the stroke of half-time. From where we were stood, it looked as though it had hit the post and rolled away, so we were surprised when the players ran off celebrating. I thought to myself 'right we're 2-1 up at HT, let's really press on 2nd half and cruise ahead'.

The hosts' came out determined in the second half and deservedly drew level 10 mins into the second half when Liam Noble fired home from the spot after Lee Evans had chopped someone down as they were about to score from about 5 yards out. It was yet another set back, and I have to admit Carlisle played some decent football, as do most teams in this league do to be fair. We were very poor second half and hardly created anything, we even had to turn to Jamie O'Hara to try and save the day, and he and Jake Cassidy both went close near the end but it wasn't to be. Although we didn't play well at all in the second half (mainly resulted to lumping it up to our strikers), you have to credit Carlisle who were determined and dogged, and stuck right in there to take a deserved point, and they certainly didn't look like a team battling relegation. If they play like that for the rest of the season they'll finish comfortable mid table. I thought Buaben and Amoo stood out for them, a lot of Carlisle's dangerous moments coming through these two. Max Ehmer was a rock at the back also, and won everything in the air.

As it always is at Wolves' games, the atmosphere from our fans was very good, apart from a spell in the second half when we were under a bit of pressure. This wasn't helped by our teams' play either, who failed to create anything clear cut in the second half, and to be honest we only looked like scoring maybe twice.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were that disappointed with the second half showing that we were going to applaud the players at the end of the game but decided not to, so we walked out with a couple of minutes to go and sat on the coach. The coach pulled away from Brunton Park at approx 9:50 (15 mins after Full Time), and the traffic around Carlisle wasn't bad at all. We got back to Molineux at about 12:30am which wasn't bad at all, I was expecting 1am at the latest. I then drove us back from Molineux, and we got back home to Worcester at about 1:30am (could have been sooner but for police patrolling the A449).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Considering we left Worcester at about 12pm on the Tuesday afternoon and didn't return till 1:30am on the Wednesday morning, it had been a very fun day out, and everything was very good barring the result (as usual). I did say after the game "well at least we probably won't have to come back here again next season", but if we play like that for the rest of the season we will be! (unless Carlisle get relegated). I said that though in the heat of disappointment after the game, but if we did play Carlisle away again I'd probably go back.

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