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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Walsall
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Round
Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 7.45pm

Karl Robinson
(Walsall fan)

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

The most local derby that Walsall will get now is the now league one rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. However as it's my first away day with Walsall it's also interesting to visit another stadium albeit a local one.

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

I caught the local metro from Wednesbury to Wolverhampton and then had a short walk to the ground through Wolverhampton City Centre.

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

Stopped off at McDonalds pre match however bumped into a fellow Walsall fan and we had a drink in the Goose (which was a home fans only pub) and then headed to Walkabout which was designated for the away fans to drink in.

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

I've got to admit while the ground itself is pretty decent looking both in size and just looking at how the stands are, the only thing that annoyed me was the fact that the stands were so away from the pitch.

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

The match got off to a poor start for Walsall with Wolves taking the lead through Liam McAlinden and looking a strong force down the left wing, however going into the half time Walsall looked a bit of a better side. Having head to the toilets during this time the one thing that made me laugh was the entrance and exit much similar to that of Wembley stadium (even though with Wembley there are no doors so no one pays attention to theirs).

Going into the second half Walsall were quick off the mark and took the match to Wolves through an Ashley Hemmings goal which was a wonderful goal from the ex-Wolves player, however after four or five corners somehow the referee decided to award a penalty to Wolves which even confused the home fans in the Stan Cullis Stand but they were happy to see Sako put the ball in the back of the net. Walsall then fought back to 2-2 through a Troy Hewitt goal after Matt Doherty had slipped up a header. The match then went to penalties which Wolves won 4-2.

Overall it was a good showing of will and determination by Walsall to level the score twice and for the second year on the bounce Walsall have lost out in the JPT on penalties. Both sets of fans were very vocal, especially the Saddlers who had a funny moment that when the Wolves stated they hated the baggies, the Saddlers responded with their in the prem and they don't care.

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

There were police in presence after the game, directing the Walsall fans the way they wanted them to go however somehow both sets of fans met slightly at a junction which was silly by the fact that it seemed something was likely to happen. I continued straight on past this and got to the metro fine which was full of true fans of both Wolves and Walsall.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

As it was my first away day I couldn't have picked a better game to go to than a local derby and hopefully this will see me head to a few more away days with the Saddlers in the future.

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