Paul Taylor’s stunning equaliser at London Road saved Peterborough from a fourth straight Championship defeat. Lee Tomlin converted a penalty after just 13 minutes for the home side, but Troy Deeney levelled with scrappy goal midway through the first half. Watford went ahead early in the second half with a sweetly-struck free-kick by Sean Murray from 30 yards.
Watford Observer, 9th August 1996
BSAD report:To add to the disconcerting familiarity of it all, we get the dubious honour of opening the campaign against Sheffield United again. Another opportunity to put one over on Dave Bassett, former Watford boss, whose idea of what constitutes entertaining football is not the same as mine (he said tactfully).
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To set the scene : we’d made an unspectacular start to the season, and had just got beaten 4-2 at home by the old enemy, largely due to the absence of Foster, who was then vital to our defence, and Miller. These two players both missed the first leg. Tottenham, under Ossie Ardiles and Steve Perryman were the then media darlings (Chelsea, beware!) largely due to Klinsmann.