Date:Sunday December 20 2009
Volunteers from Peterborough fought the weather through the night to get this game on and they'll be glad they made the effort as new gaffer Mark Cooper recorded his first Posh victory.
Watford will have every reason to be disappointed with the result and if the motivation of fighting off administration wasn't enough to do the trick, then who knows what is. At the very least some of them are playing for moves away in January.
One man playing for a move away in January is Nathan Ellington, who along with Don Cowie missed out with illness meaning the Lansbury returned to midfield with Jon Harley keeping his place down the left. Youngster Rob Kiernan came onto the Hornet's bench.
The Hornet's fell behind inside the firs ten minutes as former Lincoln midfielder Lee Frecklington opened the scoring from George Boyd's low centre with a simple side-footed effort.
Watford levelled it up after the break with John Eustace the surprise scorer. The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to pass the ball past Joe Lewis after a Tom Cleverley free kick hadn't been properly cleared.
If Lee Frecklington had been left unmarked for the first Posh goal, then both creator and scorer were left with ocean's of room to manufacture the Posh winner. George Boy was the provider again as he stood unmarked to lob a cross over for giant centre half Exodus Geoghagen to nod a simple header past Scott Loach to wrap up three points.
Watford did get one last throw of the dice late on, Heidar Helguson the man denied by Lewis' determination on the line as he blocked the Icelander's seemingly goalbound header from close-range.
Full Time: 2-1
PETERBOROUGH UNITED: Lewis; Bennett, Geohaghon, Zakuani, Griffiths; Whelpdale, Coutts, Frecklington (Lee 90), Boyd (c); Mackail-Smith, McLean. Subs not used: McKeown, Rowe, Diagouraga, Batt, Green, Simpson.
WATFORD: Loach; Hodson, Mariappa, DeMerit (c), Doyley; Cleverley, Eustace, Lansbury (Hoskins 90), Harley (Severin 73); Helguson, Graham. Subs not used: Lee, Bennett, Henderson, Sadler, Kiernan.
GOALS: PETERBOROUGH UNITED; Frecklington (9), Geohaghon (78). WATFORD; Eustace (48).
BOOKINGS: PETERBOROUGH UNITED; none. WATFORD; Graham (ungentlemanly conduct 30), Cleverley (professional foul 34), Hodson (professional foul 90+2)
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Date:Sunday December 20 2009
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