The Thursday Preview: Watford Vs Peterborough
Returning visitors could be forgiven for letting out a sigh at the sight of another Peterborough-related post. The Cathedral City club has featured here on numerous occasions of late, deflecting attention away from the usual Championship chuggers with this their most peculiar of seasons. It’s reached the stage where manager Jim Gannon has accepted that the club will be kicking off the 2010/11 season a league below. “We have to put ourselves out of our misery and accept that we are going down,” Gannon surmised after a sapping 1-0 home defeat to Coventry last Saturday.
So what am I do still banging on about them, I hear you cry. Well, I guess what interests me about the Posh now is that their opponents from here really are under pressure to get a result, particularly when Peterborough travel since they have only produced a measly return of 4 points away from London Road all season. Winless and broken, they will be involved in many a reverse home banker from now until May.
That they come up against sudden relegation candidates Watford on Saturday is mildly intriguing. The ‘orns have been on a fairly shocking run of form and all they have to show for the last three months are a couple of midweek home wins against out of sorts Sheffield United and Bristol City sides in early February. Indeed, Hertfordshire’s finest haven’t managed to notch a Saturday afternoon victory since November. All this has resulted in a snail-paced slide down the table. One time play-off chasers, Watford fans would most likely take 21st place now for their team if it was on a plate.
But, like BHaPPy said yesterday, slender defeats to Newcastle and Swansea are trifling reasons to hit the red button. That impressive battler Tom Cleverly returns to the fold after a three-game suspension, and he’s asked the home support to ‘back the boys’ on Saturday. That kind of article, passed down from on high, is usually a sign that Officials are worried, but it takes a leap of imagination to see their worst fears come to life against the Posh. It’s Family Day at Vicarage Road and the ground has sold out, so Peterborough will probably need to summon some real heart and energy to come away with anything. Whether they’ve got the wherewithal to do so is the question. Gannon is making the right noises and they did just beat Sheffield United, but that’s nothing extraordinary. I’m going for a 2-0 home win.