- Wolverhampton Wanderers
Vs Chelsea, Premier League
Monday January 2nd 2012, 3pm
By Alan McKeown
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I have been to Molineux on a few occasions before. Being a Chelsea fan originally from London and now living in the midlands it's nice to go to a local ground instead of travelling to London for a change.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Although I have previously visited Molineux, I had always travelled by train. So this was to be my first time driving to the ground, but this was straightforward as it was clearly signposted as you came off the M6. There was a car park bang opposite the away end of the ground and it cost £3 which was very reasonable.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I never got to do much before the game because we got there about 10 minutes before kick off due to the traffic coming into Wolverhampton City centre which I did not account for, word of advice if driving, you need to leave an hour earlier to avoid getting stuck in matchday traffic.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Molineux is a nice ground, clean and tidy. As an added bonus it's got an Asda right opposite the ground, to if you fancy something reasonably priced to eat, you may want to get something there before the game, rather than pay the inflated prices inside the stadium.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc? -
The first half of the game was a scrappy affair, both teams got stuck in and at some points it threatened to boil over. Lampard should have been given a straight red for a tackle on Adam Hammill but was only given a yellow, Chelsea took the lead deservedly on the hour mark, a neat finish from Ramires, Chelsea missed a host of chances after the goal, Wolves had very little chances in the game but equalised with 5 minutes to go, courtesy of the Chelsea defence going to sleep yet again in the last 10 minutes and allowing Steven Fletcher to cross for Stephen Ward to score. Just when it looked like it was going to end in a draw, Chelsea broke down the left in the 89th Minute. Torres released Ashley Cole down the left, Cole floated in a peach of a ball into the six yard box, who was there Frank Lampard to slide the ball home. 2-1 to Chelsea! Overall I think Chelsea deserved the points.
It was a good atmosphere, loads of banter between both sets of fans, stewards were fine, Chelsea fans were well behaved which helps, food is very expensive inside the ground, toilets were fine and fairly clean.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting away from the ground was a nightmare, got out of the car park no problem, but was stuck in traffic coming out of wolverhampton city centre for 40 minutes, which I guess if your driving you cannot avoid getting held up in the matchday traffic leaving after the game.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
My overall thoughts of the day, I really enjoyed it, fairly good admosphere, obviously the ground and the facilties helped the day as well, we got our tickets for £40 which is what they charged Chelsea last season, which is pretty much a standard price for this level of fotball now in the Premiership!
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