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DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic  v Everton 
Saturday, January 30th 2010, 3pm
Premier League
By Patrick Burke
(Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
We were in a decent run of form and so going to a side like Wigan (no disrespect)then we were confident of victory. It is fairly local and normally there is a great game in a local(ish!) derby.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was an easy drive down the M56 then the M6 in my brother's car. No traffic and no normal airport traffic with the volcanic ash cloud. There was plenty of side street parking and there was many car parks near the ground as we discovered. From the side street we parked in, it was a quick 10 minute walk to the ground. 

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

Below the North stand (were away fans are seated), there is a bar popular with away fans named the Marquee. There were reasonable prices, plenty of space for seating and standing. There was only one chippy nearby that we noticed, on the corner of Ormskirk Road but it was very busy so we decided not to wait. Outside, the home fans seemed very friendly and helpful.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground looks very impressive from the 3 sides we saw from the outside (North, Springfield and South) and was well set out to make it easy to get to our part of the ground. It seemed nicely set up with a directors area and a large club shop. Inside, the ground offers great views (we were located in the higher part of the stand) of the far goal but not the near goal which was annoying because we could not see Tim's (Cahill) goal. Talking to fans after the game, they said they were in the lower part of the stand and could see the whole ground and pitch clearly so I would suggest going for the lower part of the stand if possible.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game was wide open, chances for both teams but when Tim Cahill's winner came with 9 minutes left, it was welcome and just about deserved. We got a scare in the last minute though Charles N'Zogbia's rocket shot hit the bar after a great fingertip save by Tim Howard. The atmosphere from the home fans was poor, with most of the singing coming from the away section. The stewards were helpful, the pies over priced and the toilets seemed very cramped at our end and embarrassingly with very few sinks - hygiene!

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

We decided to stay for a while to get some photographs of the players celebrating and it was wise as this allowed the traffic to die. We dig get some verbal abuse on the walk back to the car, but we just ignored them. It was an easy drive back, no traffic and a great win which arguably peaked a great run of form (beating Chelsea and Manchester United within a week).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out but try and go for a low seat if possible as the views are far better. Just about a deserved win and a great atmosphere made by our fans.

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