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Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2 – match report:

Cardiff 1 Peterborough 2: Bostwick and Gayle seal hard-fought win at Bluebirds' fortress

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17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:21 GMT, 15 December 2012

Table-topping Cardiff had their perfect record in home npower Championship matches ruined by struggling Peterborough today.

The Bluebirds had won all 10 league matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season but were stunned by a Posh side who had failed to win in eight.

Michael Bostwick put the struggling visitors ahead after 22 minutes with a superb long-range effort and on-loan Dagenham striker Dwight Gayle netted the second two minutes after the interval.

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

In it goes: Michael Bostwick celebrates his goal

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Gunnarsson 51), Turner, Connolly, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Mutch 53), Conway (Gestede 64), Noone, Helguson, Bellamy.

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Kim, Mason, Lappin.

Booked: Connolly, Helguson, Cowie, Turner.

Goal: Gestede 89.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani, Bostwick, Knight-Percival (Alcock 68), Tomlin, Rowe (Brisley 83), Newell (Ferdinand 82), Little, Thorne, Boyd, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Swanson, McCann, Gordon-Hutton.

Booked: Bostwick, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Tomlin.

Goals: Bostwick 22,Gayle 47.

Attendance: 22,073

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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Rudy Gestede's late goal ensured a nervy finish for Darren Ferguson's team, but they held on for three crucial points.

The result saw Cardiff's lead at the
summit reduced to two points, while Peterborough climbed off the bottom
ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's visit to Barnsley.

The hosts thought they had taken the
lead after just four minutes when Heidar Helguson headed home from Craig
Bellamy's free-kick, but it was ruled out for offside.

Peterborough began to grow into the
game after a nervy start and Tommy Rowe's industry down the left wing
created a chance for George Boyd, but his left-footed strike was well
held by David Marshall.

They went even closer to breaking the
deadlock moments later as Ben Turner was forced to acrobatically clear
Boyd's deflected effort off the line.

Cardiff failed to heed the warnings and fell behind midway through the half.

Posh capitalised on the dubious award of a free-kick, Boyd rolling it to Bostwick, who rifled in from 20 yards.

Bellamy attempted to muster an
immediate response but after expertly controlling a loose ball on the
edge of the box, he pulled his effort just wide.

The Welshman threatened again soon
after, latching onto Craig Conway's superb pass before cutting the ball
back for Craig Noone, who could only find the gloves of Robert Olejnik
with his shot.

But having failed to make the most of
their dominance in the latter stages of the first half, the hosts fell
behind early in the second.

Lee Tomlin fed Gayle and he raced
through, slotting coolly past Marshall to make it four goals in three
matches and the first time this season Cardiff have conceded more than
one goal in their own backyard.

Gayle was afforded space to try and double his tally after 63 minutes but his low powerful shot was tipped wide by Marshall.

A clearly out-of-sorts Cardiff outfit
struggled to mount any meaningful response, though Helguson perhaps
should have done better with Bellamy's cross, fluffing wide when well
placed.

The Icelandic striker then outmuscled
Gabriel Zakuani to carve out a shooting opportunity, only to hook just
wide from inside the box.

Gayle should have put the game beyond
doubt but somehow contrived to fire straight at Marshall from four
yards, and Cardiff ensured a tense finish for the visitors when Gestede
turned in Turner's flick on.

But, despite six minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no sting in the tail.

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller

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17:42 GMT, 8 December 2012

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Middlesbrough substitute Ishmael Miller came off the bench to snatch
the winner and deny rock-bottom Peterborough their first point from a
losing position this season.

Faris Haroun returned from the calf injury which had kept him out of
Boro's last four fixtures and soon made up for lost time with a
first-half brace.

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Zakuani, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe (Ferdinand 78),Knight-Percival (Swanson 90),Thorne, Boyd,
Tomlin, Gayle. Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, McCann, Kearns.

Booked: Tomlin.

Goals: Gayle 37, 52.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Halliday, Parnaby, Woodgate, Bikey,
Leadbitter, Haroun (Smallwood 69), McEachran (Thomson 78), Ledesma, Emnes (Miller 73), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Bailey, Hines, Jutkiewicz.

Goals: Haroun 9,20,Miller 76.

Att: 6,612

Ref: Carl Berry (Surrey).

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His first goal came after nine minutes when he provided a cool finish to a blistering counter-attack which left Posh stunned.

Any home supporters privy to the knowledge Peterborough had not taken a single point after going behind would not have been surprised to see Haroun head home the second shortly afterwards.

However, Peterborough staged an unlikely comeback when on-loan striker Dwight Gayle struck either side of half-time to turn the game on its head.

Both sides pushed hard for a winner but Miller's speculative effort surprised Posh stopper Robert Olejnik to extend Darren Ferguson's side's winless run to eight games.

Peterborough could scarcely have imagined how their first spell of sustained pressure would end as Middlesbrough executed a devastating counter-attack to break the deadlock.

Scott McDonald dispatched a diagonal ball right into Haroun's path and the Belgian midfielder strode forward with purpose before slotting past Olejnik.

Their wait for that second goal did not last long as Haroun made it 2-0 inside 20 minutes.

Stuart Parnaby delivered from the right and Haroun proved he was the hungriest man inside the box by running across his marker to meet the cross and nod home.

Tommy Rowe snatched at a chance as Peterborough looked to get themselves back in the contest, but Boro were looking comfortable until Gayle's thumping finish seven minutes prior to the break.

The striker, who grabbed the first goal of his loan spell from Dagenham last week against Blackpool, feigned one way then shuffled the ball on to his right foot before rifling into the top corner.

Gayle's moment of magic rocked Tony Mowbray's men and Peterborough almost reached half-time all square but George Thorne's sweetly-struck strike fell narrowly wide.

The London Road faithful were taking a shine to Gayle's work ethic and he endeared himself to them even more with the leveller seven minutes into the second period.

The 22-year-old won the corner himself, drawing Jason Steele into a smart stop from a tight angle, before he prodded home Lee Tomlin's set-piece delivery.

Gayle was inspiring those around him too and a break similar to the one which led to Boro's opener almost nudged the hosts in front for the first time.

Tomlin released the overlapping Rowe and his drilled effort just missed the target.
Gayle just missed out on an inviting cross in his quest for a hat-trick but it was the visitors who were to provide the killer blow 14 minutes from time.

Miller, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area and Olejnik was beaten by a shot which lacked any great deal of power or pace.

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4 – match report:

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4: Inspired Ince turns on style to put sorry Posh to the sword

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17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

Thomas Ince scored two and created another to propel Blackpool to a 4-1 win against lowly Peterborough at London Road.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the visitors before Ince, who provided the cross for the first goal, made it 2-0 from the spot.

Dwight Gayle grabbed one back for Posh, but goals from Nouha Dicko and a second for Ince sealed the points for Blackpool late on.

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

MATCH FACTS

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Rowe 58), Brisley, Little (Ferdinand 78), McCann, Newell, Knight-Percival, Thorne, Tomlin, Boyd (Swanson 55), Gayle

Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Gomes, Osbourne (Dicko 80), Ince, Thomas (K Phillips 87), Delfouneso (Angel 80)

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Sylvestre

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 5,633

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Posh started the day rooted to the
bottom of the npower Championship after a dismal November, which saw
them beaten on five occasions as they picked up only a single point away
at Ipswich.

Blackpool were also looking to end a
winless run, with Appleton picking up four straight draws since starting
his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders took the early
initiative, with Craig Cathcart's header from six yards drawing the
first save of the match from Robert Olejnik after a decent free-kick was
whipped in from just outside the box by Ince.

They continued to press as Tiago Gomes blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards that went just over the bar.

But Posh fired Appleton's side a
warning shot shortly afterwards as George Boyd found himself clean
through on goal and his left-footed strike forced Matt Gilks into a fine
save with his feet.

Two minutes into the second half
Blackpool's Chris Basham picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mark
Little as Peterborough started well. It was his fifth booking of the
season so he will miss the trip to Crystal Palace next week.

Before long the away side began to exert themselves on proceedings again, taking the lead in the 51st minute through Thomas.

Ince, a constant threat, played a delightful ball from the left-hand side which Thomas met perfectly to send it past Olejnik.

Appleton's side had their tails up now
and their second goal arrived from the spot after Thomas was brought
down by Shaun Brisley in the 57th minute.

Ince stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score in the bottom-left corner.

Posh came back at Blackpool, throwing
everything they had at them, and they were rewarded when Gayle pounced
on a back-pass from Alex Baptiste to pull one back in the 70th minute.

But any hopes of a comeback were
dashed 12 minutes later as Dicko slid in to connect with Angel
Martinez's cross and make it 3-1.

Blackpool were not done as Ince capped
off a fine individual performance with a superb strike from 20 yards
that sailed into the top-left corner.

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0 – match report:

Charlton 2 Peterborough 0: Majestic Fuller helps hosts ensure unbeaten run continues

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22:26 GMT, 27 November 2012

Ricardo Fuller's moment of magic helped Charlton extend their unbeaten run to five matches at the expense of bottom-place Peterborough this evening.

The Addicks came into the match buoyed by a return of 10 points from their past four matches, which had propelled them up to 15th in the npower Championship.

Chris Powell's men impressed in the first half at The Valley but failed to take their chances, with Bradley Pritchard then hitting the post moments after the restart.

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games

Magical moment: Ricardo Fuller ensured Charlotn's unbeaten run stretched to five games

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Seaborne, Pritchard, Frimpong (Green 74), Jackson, Kerkar, Fuller (Hulse 78), Kermorgant (Jonsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Button,Stephens,Wright-Phillips, Dervite.

Booked: Morrison, Frimpong.

Goals: Fuller 77,Kermorgant 85.

Peterborough: Olejnik,Little,Knight-Percival, Brisley (Swanson 84), Bostwick, Newell, McCann, Boyd, Thorne, Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Zakuani, Ferdinand, Clarke-Harris, Carthey.

Booked: Bostwick.

Attendance: 17,377

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

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That header jolted Peterborough into
life and they looked more likely to win until taking a sucker punch 13
minutes from time when Fuller fired in a fine effort from 25 yards.

Unfortunately the Jamaican had to be
brought off immediately afterwards due to injury, but Charlton fans were
soon cheering again as Yann Kermorgant tapped home a late second goal.

It was the Frenchman's first start
since mid September and he quickly made his mark in south London,
testing Bobby Olejnik inside the opening two minutes.

The former Aston Villa goalkeeper
denied Kermorgant's snapshot and then saw a Emmanuel Frimpong effort
deflect just over his crossbar.

After Leon Cort did excellently to
turn away an effort from on-loan Dwight Gayle at the other end,
Arsenal's Frimpong again came close from distance as Charlton continued
to press for an early opener.

Johnnie Jackson should have done
better with a close-range header in the 17th minute, before Addicks
goalkeeper Ben Hamer stopped a fizzing Michael Bostwick strike.

Pritchard was denied when Charlton
returned to the attack, before Michael Morrison was booked, ruling him
out of Saturday's derby clash at Millwall.

It epitomised the home side's
increasing frustration as they struggled to break down Peterborough's
resolute defence, with Fuller thwarted by Olejnik's legs when he did
eventually find space.

Peterborough ended the half on top
and, after Gayle headed over a chance to mark his full debut with a
goal, Hamer had to flick over a George Boyd strike.

Kermorgant sent a diving header wide
shortly when the sides returned for the second half, before Pritchard's
close-range header rattled the post.

Those efforts seemed to spur Darren Ferguson's side into life, with Hamer forced into action to stop a low Lee Tomlin hit.

George Thorne put wide and then Gayle
was denied as Posh continued to threaten, before Boyd's shot deflected
off Tomlin onto the post.

Peterborough rained in shots as they controlled the play, with Tomlin denied a 72nd-minute penalty.
The 518 visiting fans were in good voice and looked set to leave with a
point or better until Fuller lashed home from distance five minutes
later.

While the summer signing had to
hobble off immediately, Powell's side were celebrating again five
minutes from time when Kermorgant turned in substitute Danny Green's
right-wing cross.

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Match report

Sheff Wed 2 Peterborough 1: Owls bank win though Barkley and Llera

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17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012

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17:46 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sheffield Wednesday eased themselves away from the relegation zone with their first home win since August.

The Owls, who registered a first win in 10 npower Championship games at Ipswich last week, backed it up with a vital and deserved success over struggling Posh.

It was far from a classic at Hillsborough, but in-form Ross Barkley enhanced his growing reputation further when he struck less than 20 seconds into the second period with a deflected effort.

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

Owls on the rise: Miguel Llera scored the second

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SHEFF WED: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Corry (McCabe 24), Barkley, Bothroyd (Jermaine Johnson 90),, O'Grady (Madine 68). Subs not used: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri.

Goals: Barkley 46, llera 76

Booked: Barkley

PETERBOROUGH: Olejnik, Little, Brisley, Bostwick, Alcock, Knight-Percival, Boyd, Ntlhe (Newell 62), McCann (Swanson 74), Tomlin, Berahino (Mendez-Laing 82). Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Barnett, Ferdinand.

Goals: Boyd 79

Booked: Bostwick

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Att: 22,406

Defender Miguel Llera doubled that lead in the 76th minute with a header as the Owls looked on course for a routine win.

Peterborough, who had won their last
two league games, made a game of it when George Boyd drove home from 18
yards, but Wednesday held firm.

The win sees Dave Jones' men leapfrog
Posh in the table and Wednesday fans will hope that after their horror
run of form through the autumn, they can finally start looking up.

That dire sequence of nine league
games without a win finally ended with a superb 3-0 win at struggling
Ipswich last week and the Owls were keen to maintain that momentum in
the opening exchanges.

Indeed, they looked the more
threatening and Barkley, scorer of a brace at Portman Road, tested Posh
keeper Bobby Olejnik, who turned the on-loan Everton man's effort from
distance around the post.

It was far from one-way traffic, but
the Owls continued to carve out the chances and Llera headed a Jay
Bothroyd corner narrowly over the bar.

Owls midfielder Paul Corry, who had
been making Wednesday tick in recent weeks, suffered an injury and had
to be replaced by fit-again Rhys McCabe and that disrupted the hosts'
flow.

With Peterborough unable to take
advantage the game descended into a low-quality affair played mainly in
the middle third, with the half-time whistle coming as a relief to all.

However, the game needed less than 20 seconds after the restart to come to life and it was Wednesday that forged into the lead.

Virtually straight from kick-off the
ball was pumped up to Chris O'Grady, he flicked on and Barkley fired
home from inside the penalty with an effort that appeared to be
deflected.

Unfortunately, that proved to be an
isolated moment of excitement and the game reverted to the drab
encounter of the first half.

The Posh have not been known for
their inability to get on the scoresheet in recent years, but Chris
Kirkland in the Wednesday net hardly had a save to make and it was
Wednesday that looked like doubling their advantage.

There were shouts for a penalty when
Michail Antonio was bundled over, but referee Darren Drysdale kept his
whistle away from his lips and then the Owls winger prodded wide when he
found himself in space.

Wednesday thought they had made the
game safe with 14 minutes to go when Llera headed home Antonio's cross
from six yards out for his third goal of the campaign to double their
lead.

But Posh finally stirred and
immediately gave themselves a lifeline when Body drilled in from the
edge of the area following a corner.

However, Darren Ferguson's men were unable to launch a late onslaught and Wednesday saw it out relatively trouble-free.

Watford 1 Peterborough 0 – match report

Watford 1 Peterborough 0: Late penalty condemns Posh to yet another defeat

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Matej Vydra stepped off the bench to give Watford a last-gasp win and condemn Peterborough to a ninth defeat in 11 npower Championship games this season.

Watford were troubled by their visitors in the opening exchanges, with attackers Emile Sinclair and Tyrone Barnett in lively form. Nevertheless, half-time was reached with neither goalkeeper overly extended.

Gianfranco Zola's Hornets assumed the ascendancy upon the resumption, but recalled forward Fernando Forestieri was wasteful when presented with opportunities.

Right direction: Watford pulled off a late win at home to struggling Peterborough

Right direction: Watford pulled off a late win at home to struggling Peterborough

MATCH FACTS

Watford: Almunia, Hall, Doyley, Hoban, Hogg, Pudil, Abdi (Vydra 72), Cassetti, Chalobah, Deeney (Geijo 86), Forestieri (Yeates 88). Subs Not Used: Bond, Murray, Anya, Thompson.

Booked: Deeney,Pudil,Almunia.

Goals: Vydra 90 pen.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (McCann 60), Brisley, Knight-Percival, Bostwick, Boyd, Rowe (Ntlhe 46), Ferdinand, Little, Barnett, Sinclair (Berahino 67). Subs Not Used: Richens, Zakuani, Swanson, Tomlin.

Booked: Knight-Percival, Ntlhe, McCann.

Att: 15,950

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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The closest either side came to
breaking the deadlock before Vydra's late intervention was a strike from
Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah that went behind via the post.

But Kane Ferdinand infringed Daniel
Pudil in the 89th minute and Vydra, one of Zola's sizeable Udinese loan
contingent, kept his cool to leave Darren Ferguson's Posh rooted to the
foot of the table and five points from safety.

Lloyd Doyley and Forestieri returned to the Watford starting line-up in place of injured defender Piccoli Neuton and Vydra.

Peterborough were unchanged from the 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest before the international break.

Ferguson's strugglers came flying out
of the blocks with Watford defender Pudil forced to divert an Emile
Sinclair cross behind for a corner inside the first 20 seconds, from
which Tommy Rowe headed over.

Almen Abdi and Marco Cassetti responded for the home side but their off-target efforts were no more than speculative.

Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett
had a clearer chance midway through the half but headed Mark Little's
cross over Manuel Almunia's bar.

Fitz Hall might have done better from
Forestieri's corner as half-time approached but chances were proving
very hard to come by for Zola's men.

Ferguson made a defensively-minded change at the interval with Kgosi Ntlhe introduced in favour of Rowe.

Forestieri engineered space in the area but dragged his shot wide of the near post six minutes after the restart.

Watford came agonisingly close to
breaking the deadlock as the hour approached when Chalobah fired
goalward right-footed from the edge of the box and rattled the post with
Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik helpless.

Twice more Forestieri was wasteful from close quarters as the visitors were pushed onto the back foot.

But eventually the pressure told and
with less than 90 seconds of normal time to play, Ferdinand fouled Pudil
and referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the spot.

Introduced as a 72nd minute
replacement for Abdi, Serbian striker Vydra fired home a low penalty to
send those among the Vicarage Road faithful who had not opted for an
early exit into raptures.

Worcester 23 Bath 24: Olly Barkley kicks all his side"s points

Worcester 23 Bath 24: Barkley's boot to thank for narrow victory

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Olly Barkley kicked all of Bath's points including a last-minute penalty to snatch a dramatic Aviva Premiership win over Worcester at Sixways.

Bath had not led until the 65th minute but even when home lock James Percival responded by crashing over for the only try of the game soon after, it was the accuracy of Barkley that proved decisive.

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Boot boy: Olly Barkley was in sparkling kicking form

Worcester had raced out to a 12-0 with Goode initially solid with the boot as he slotted a 40-metre penalty in just the second minute.

Minutes later Bath offended in the ruck area and again the outside half was on target, this time from 35 metres.

The Warriors continued to dominate play and when Matt Banahan was penalised for not rolling away at a ruck, Goode converted his third penalty to give his side a 9-0 lead after only 10 minutes.

Worse was to follow for Banahan and Bath. The centre was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on and again Goode made no mistake with his penalty kick.

Banahan was soon joined in the sin-bin by rival captains, Stewart Hooper and Dean Schofield, who were yellow carded by young referee, Luke Pearce, after a substantial melee involving most of the forwards.

Tight: The match was gripping until the end

Tight: The match was gripping until the end

However, the Warriors failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority.

Barkley
reduced the arrears with the first of his eight penalties and Banahan
then returned with no damage done to his side's chances.

Goode should have restored Worcester's 12-point advantage but the outside half fired wide with a 30-metre drop-kick attempt.

Another error from the Warriors saw Josh Drauniniu fail to collect an up-and-under and another penalty was conceded for offside which Barkley kicked from 45 metres.

A simple penalty from Goode after 32 minutes made it 15-6 to the Warriors and they should have extended that lead when they blew the best try scoring opportunity of the half.

Goode, David Lemi and Josh Matavesi combined brilliantly in a sweeping 70-metre move but Lemi's scoring pass to Goode was ruled forward.

Bath scored the first points of the second half when Barkley was successful with a 45-metre penalty and the lead was soon down to three points with another simple goal from the outside half.

Crunch: James Percival is tackled

Crunch: James Percival is tackled

A handling error from Lemi and a powerful run from Banahan exerted more pressure on the Warriors defence and they conceded another penalty at the ruck area to allow Barkley to tie up the scores.

Bath were now the dominant side with Banahan becoming increasingly influential with his driving runs in midfield and they looked the more likely winners as the game entered the final quarter.

Barkley gave Bath the lead for the first time in the match with a 35-metre penalty after 65 minutes.

Stung by the reverse Worcester immediately brought on three replacements and it soon paid dividends when Percival drove over from close range but Goode's conversion rebounded back of a post which proved costly as Barkley was successful with his longest penalty of the game to give Bath a one-point lead with six minutes remaining.

Back came the Warriors to secure two penalties in the Bath 22, Goode surprisingly missed the first but kept his nerve to kick the second.

But with the last kick of the match Barkley made no mistake with his eighth penalty and with it an away victory.