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10 Oct 2013 14:15:52

Irish Not Impressed By Westwood's Decision!

Keiren Westwood's withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad has not gone down too well. Republic's goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly feels the player "could have done more."

Westwood’s decision to pull out of the World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan was backed by Sunderland.

The 28-year-old had been having injections in a shoulder injury sustained in the game against Arsenal more than three weeks ago.

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot has been called into the squad, but Ireland clearly feel that Westwood might have done more.

Republic’s goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly: “I think he is not going to miss a club game.

“I spoke to him and the club decided to pull him out - obviously he wanted to get the injections himself as well.

“Between the both of them they withdrew from the squad.

“Rob Elliot has come in and Stephen Henderson from Bournemouth at a moment’s notice.

“And I’m delighted to see them working – it’s good as it freshens it up and gives people opportunities.

“You have to be here to have an effect. But the decision was made over Keiren and there was nothing we could do about it.”

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Saturday October 1915:00 Premier LeagueSwansea City v Sunderland

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NEXT AWAY GAME - SWANSEA CITY

How To Get There By Car or Coach & Where To Park

Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (sign posted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and half miles and you will reach the stadium on your left. Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place. However away mini buses and coaches can park behind the North Stand in a fenced compound, at a cost of £20 per coach and £10 per minibus. Don't be tempted to park on the nearby Retail Park as you may well end up with a ticket, or worse still, clamped for your trouble!

Away Fans Park & Ride Facility

Away supporters are being encouraged to use the Park & Ride facility located at the Felindre old steel works site, which is signposted off Junction 46, shortly after leaving the M4. The cost of parking there including transport by bus to and from the stadium is £6 per car. Away supporters have their own separate buses to and from the stadium, with the buses waiting outside the away stand at the end of the game to take supporters back to the car park. Simon Wright a visiting West Bromwich Albion fan adds; 'The park and ride is located in the middle of nowhere, but curiously has a high fence. Apparently the facility is also used as a park and ride for the DVLA so the fencing may be for the benefit of their staff. There are toilets on the site although they do look rather ancient. All the staff were friendly and the buses frequent. After the game has ended, the park and ride buses leave the compound with the away coaches for fairly obvious reasons. In my case, this meant a wait of around 20 minutes'.

There is also some street parking to be had. If coming from the M4, you pass the stadium on your left and continue straight on towards Swansea, then after going under a bridge, then there are a number of roads on the right, where on street parking is available. It is then around a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. However, please note that after the game has ended the Police close the A4067 road running past the stadium, meaning that you can't go back up to the M4 that way. You need to instead go back up to the stadium and where the road is closed turn right at the roundabout onto the A4217. At the next roundabout turn left continuing away from Swansea City Centre. At the junction with the A48 turn right and this takes  you up to Junction 44 of the M4.

Andrew Bartlett a visiting Southampton fan adds; 'I intended to use the park and ride and followed the signs but found the site to be desolate wasteland with flooded potholes, not very inviting at all. Instead I drove on to the stadium and despite the dire warnings found free on street parking only a few minute's walk away and almost traffic free after the match. The level of security and large Police presence was completely unnecessary for such a low key game'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SA1 2FA By Train

Swansea Railway Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the stadium. Regular local bus services (every ten minutes: routes 4, 4a, 120, 122, 125, 132) and taxis (around £6) are available from the train station to the stadium. Otherwise if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Neath Road. Proceed straight along Neath Road and you will eventually reach the stadium on your right. Thanks to Tom Evans for providing the directions.

 

Source: Sunderland-Mad


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