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Britannia Stadium
Stoke City v  Southampton
Premier League
Saturday, December 29th 2012, 3pm
By George Reeves
(Southampton fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to the game as I had purchased the tickets as a Christmas present for my son who is also a passionate Saints supporter. Also I knew that Stoke's home support was good so I was looking forward to the sing-off.

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

The journey was fairly easy by car and finding parking was very simple as there was an industrial estate with signs pointing to the parking spaces for 5.

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

The home fans were friendly and did not receive any stick on my way to the ground.

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

I thought that the Britannia stadium is a decent ground similar to St. Mary's apart form the open three corners and was aesthetically good. The view from the away end was excellent and I could see all the pitch and stands.

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

The atmosphere was very good from the Southampton perspective and towards the end Stoke's atmosphere was also very good. The game was a thriller as Southampton went 1-0 up through Jay Rodriguez then Stoke equalized and we went 2 up into half time the scoreline being 3-1. Then Stoke came out fighting and got a goal but then got N'zonzi sent off. Even after all this drama there was still more to come as Cameron Jerome scored an abosolute rocket of a shot. The facilities were average with the normal football ground food.

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

Getting away from the Britannia was the same as any other ground taking a bit to start moving but then you got going.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thought that it was a very enjoyable day but would of have been more happy with a win though! .

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