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Wembley Stadium
  Manchester City v Sunderland
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, 2pm
Capital One Final
Rory Murphy
(Sunderland fan)

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

It was Sunderland's first trip to Wembley in 22 years and our first ever trip to the new Wembley. We'd already beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in previous rounds but knew Manchester City would be very hard to beat.

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

We left the North-East at 6:30am and got to London at around 11am. We found a car park which was about a 15 minutes walk from the stadium and it cost 20. It was expensive but close to the stadium, plus it was very easy to get out of after the match had finished.

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

Sunderland fans were looking forward to having 'cheesy chips on Wembley way' but were left disappointed with a lack of burger vans. There seemed to be a lot more Sunderland fans then City fans, even though the ticket allocations were the same.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The Wembley Arch is a fantastic feature and can be seen for miles around. Sunderland were allocated the East End where 31,500 tickets were available. We sat right up  'in the God's' at the back of the top tier behind the goal, luckily there was escalators up to the top tier. Although high up the view was good. Wembley is simply a spectacular stadium.

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

Sunderland fans were certainly making a lot more noise, which was expected with it being a bigger occasion for us. Sunderland took an early lead with a good finish from Fabio Borini. We defended brilliantly for 55 minutes. Then Yaya Toure hit an unbelievable strike for City, which could be regarded as one of the best strikes at New Wembley. A few seconds later Samir Nasri scored another beauty for Man City to break 31,000 hearts. Sunderland kept pushing but City caught us on the counter and scored with a few minutes remaining with a goal from Jesus Navas. A magnificent performance but not the right result. Stewards were absolutely fine, the facilities were superb although the food was quite expensive.

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

The traffic was a bit slow as expected but not as bad as first thought. Got home in four hours.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

What a great day. Definitely going again if we ever get there in my lifetime.

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