Home Park, Plymouth
v Middlesbrough, Championship League
Monday, April 5th, 2010 3pm

By Joel Eccles

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

I was looking forward to it simply because of the the sheer distance between the two clubs! With Plymouth fighting relegation  and us fighting for a play off place it seemed like a real do or die match for both clubs and the chance to be in the Middlesbrough Matchday Programme for the next home game it was a risk worth taking!

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

Going via coach obviously the journey was extremely long  (313.27 miles to be exact!!) and the coach parked in the car park right next to the ground (which I think is open to the public)

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

They was a fair located next to the stadium (whether that's on in winter months is a different matter!) which I had a look round. The home supporters where friendly enough and didn't see any cause of trouble anywhere which is a good sign.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground itself is really impressive with 3 new stands being built in recent years with them looking very much like Keepmoat (but with green seats!) Only the the old "grandstand" stops it from becoming a another boring new stadium.

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

The game itself was pretty poor. With Plymouth fighting relegation and us fighting for a play off place I was expecting a lot commitment from both teams however both just seemed to think they was nothing to play for. Despite the game we won 2-0 thanks to a Mcmanus header and a Franks volley in the 90th minute which sent the visiting fans very happy indeed.

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

Getting out of the ground was pretty easy due to the location of the car park (and the poor attendance it has to be said) then it was the long daunting trip back to the north east

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a good day out despite the long trip there and back helped by the fact we won.  if we were ever to meet again the the league or a cup tie I would certainly consider it again. well worth a visit 8/10


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