Watford 1 - 0 Peterborough Match Report and Ratings
Matej Vydra scored a 90th minute penalty as Watford beat Peterborough in a fascinating game in front of a 15,950 family day crowd at Vicarage Road. Peterborough did have their moments and certainly did not play like they where bottom of the division. It looked like it was going to a 0-0 draw after Watford hit the bar, post, had the ball cleared off the line and through some great saves from Posh keeper Robert Olejnik. Peterborough started the match the better team forcing a corner inside the first ten seconds with Tommy Rowe headering well over. The match took a wile to burst into life as Watford played some good passing but everything Watford threw at Peterborough , their defence dealt with it. Fernando Forestieri impressed the home fans with some magnifecent pieces of skills which nearly bought to a good opening. But yet again, The Posh defence coped with the pressure and cleared the ball away. Daniel Pudil came close to opening the deadlock late on in the first half from a free kick from a tight angle. With his sweet left foot, he whipped the ball in which scimmed the crossbar to the surprise of all Watford supporters. Shrotly afterwards though, Peterborough should have at least tested Manuel Almunia when Emile Sincalir played a great cross in to the Watford area falling to Tyrone Barnett who really should have done better from close range his shot not going anywhere near to the Watford Goal. During the first half Geoff Eltringham did make quite a few mistifying desicions with him seeminly being biased towards the Posh.
Half Time 0 -0
Watford were a completley different team in the second half and within two minutes they nearley went ahead. Fernando Forestieri was out near the corner flag and with a fantastic bit of skills and some lightning pace burst into the box. His shot was blocked by a Peterborough defender which fell to Chelsea Loanee Nathaniel Chalobah. His magnifecent curling shot looked destined to go into the net but Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik made a superb save. Soon afterwards Troy Deeney was in a good position but his shot was poor and was saved easily by Olejnik. Shortly afterwards Chalobah was at it again. This time he shot from the edge of the box and his shot looked destined to go into the bottom corner. But, no it hit the post and came right back into the goalkeepers arms. Soon after Posh sub Grant McCaan nearly scored with his drive just creeping over Almunia's bar. Watford then had a shot cleared off the line when Chalobah played a great ball into Forestieri who did everything right. He chipped the goalkeeper and his shot looked like it was going to go in but Shaun Brisley cleared. On 72 minutes Almen Abdi was replaced by top scorer Matej Vydra and the Orns changed to a 4-3-3 system. Deeney and Forestieri were subbed in the 85 and 87th minute with Alex Geijo and Mark Yeates coming on. It looked like the match was going to finish 0-0 but then Kane Ferdinad pushed Daniel Pudil over in the area with their seem to be not danger. Referee Geoff Eltringham instantly pointed to the penalty spot. With Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi off the pitch Matej Vydra took up Penalty Duties. He smacked his shot down the middle giving Olejnik no chance sending the Vicarage Road crowd into Madness. But Watford nearly threw it away in the final minutes if it werent for a great block from Fitz Hall. He threw himself infront of a shot from a Peterborough player which looked destined to go into the net.
Full Time 1- 0.
Watford Line Up and Ratings (3-5-2) - Almunia (C) 7, Doyley 7 , Hall 8, Hoban 8, Cassetti 6.5, Abdi, 7 (Vydra 72 6) , Hogg 6.5, Chalobah 9, Pudil 7 , Forestieri 8, (Yeates 87) Deeney 7 (Geijo 85).
Subs not used - Bond (GK) Thompson, Anya,
Peterborough - Olejnik; Alcock (McCann),, Brisley, Knight-Percival; Little, Bostwick, Ferdinand, Rowe (c) (Ntlhe h/time); Barnett; Boyd, Sinclair (Berahino 67).
Subs not used: Richardson, Swanson, , Zakuani, Tomlin
Watford Yellow Cards - Deeney, Almunia, Pudil
Peterborough Yellow Cards - McCann, Knigh - Percival, Nthle.
Possesion - Watford 62% Peterborough 38%
Watford Man Of The Match For Me - Nathaniel Chalobah - Cool and Calm in possesion as well as a handful going foraward Chalobah had a brilliant performance and was unlucky not to score.
Attendance - 15,950 (Peterborough 1415)
Referee - Geoff Eltringham