• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
  • Ref: Taylor, A
  • Attendance: 16,591

Watford vs Peterborough United

Team Lineups

Watford

Scott Loach
Adrian Mariappa (Stephen McGinn, 85)
Jay DeMerit
Lloyd Doyley
Martin Taylor
Henri Lansbury
Don Cowie (Liam Henderson, 72)
Tom Cleverley
John Eustace
Danny Graham (Will Hoskins, 61)
Heidar Helguson

Peterborough United

Joe Lewis
Craig Morgan
Gaby Zakuani
Mark Little
Scott Griffiths (Josh Simpson, 75)
Charlie Lee
Tommy Rowe
Sergio Raul Torres (Exodus Geohaghon, 46)
Liam Dickinson
Aaron Mclean (Reuben Reid, 83)
Craig Mackail-Smith

Match Report
Peterborough United's recent resurgence may be too little to save them from the drop, but they were finally able to celebrate an away victory as Watford's woes deepened still further following a 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road. Posh's fourth victory in eight games was secured in the 51st minute courtesy of an uncharacteristic error of judgement by England Under-21 keeper Scott Loach and a fine finish from Liam Dickinson. The Hornets battled to try and get back on terms but on current form they face a real struggle to preserve their Championship status. This was a fourth successive defeat and, of equal concern for Hornets fans, their team have now gone three games without scoring. Only a superb double save from Loach prevented the visitors from taking a 12th-minute lead. Poor communication in the Watford defence allowed Craig Mackail-Smith in on goal and the striker tried to lob the ball over Loach but the keeper saved with his chest. The ball then fell to Dickinson and the keeper parried away the striker's powerful shot from a tight angle. The Hornets had another close shave shortly before the break but this time they had the post to thank when Aaron McLean turned sharply on the edge of the area and fired a half-volley against a post. But Watford, and their keeper in particular, were the architects of their own downfall six minutes after the break. Loach bizarrely came right to the edge of his area to challenge for a ball, lost out in a 50-50 challenge and then could only watch Dickinson's superb 25-yard lob sail over him as he back-tracked towards his own line. Defender Adrian Mariappa twice went close as the Hornets tried to salvage something from the remainder of the contest. Tom Cleverley struck a 20-yard free-kick narrowly over, while Will Hoskins' ambitious 35-yard effort also just cleared the bar, but Watford were unable to stop themselves from sliding to a third straight home defeat.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90
Yellow Card
 

Heidar Helguson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

85
Substitution
 

Adrian Mariappa is being taken off, Stephen McGinn has come on in his place.

83
Substitution
 

Aaron McLean is replaced by Reuben Reid.

75
Substitution
 

Peterborough are replacing Scott Griffiths with Josh Simpson.

72
Substitution
 

Don Cowie is being taken off, Liam Henderson has come on in his place.

61
Substitution
 

Danny Graham is replaced by Will Hoskins.

51
Goal
 

Goal!! Liam Dickinson scores for Peterborough.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

46
Substitution
 

Sergio Raul Torres is being taken off, Exodus Geohaghon has come on in his place.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

40
Yellow Card
 

Henri Lansbury goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, March 13th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Watford face Peterborough at 3pm on Saturday, March 13th.