5:44pm Monday 23rd April 2012
The Watford fans who travelled to Peterborough on Saturday were treated to a thoroughly entertaining encounter but the Hornets staff and players wanted to do more in recognition of their support this season.
After the 2-2 draw, Watford players handed signed shirts and training balls to some of the 1,760 supporters who made the trip to London Road.
Speaking after the match, manager Sean Dyche said: "These games are important to our fan base as a big number came today and we threw a few signed shirts just as a gesture because we really appreciate their support over the course of the season.
"We appreciate our home support as well but obviously it costs more money away from home and it is expensive nowadays."
Dyche has recognised the support of the Watford fans on a number of occasions this season.
Last month, he said: He said: "I think it is tough nowadays because people’s demands are different. Everyone wants everything immediately – I know my kids do, and so does my wife.
"The added patience from the fans and the signs of improvement from the side earlier in the season were important. The huge transition we have been through is well documented. When important players leave, it affects the group and we do not have the resources to just cherry pick players and roll them out on a Saturday. We need to develop players.
"Even early in the season the mentality of the group was good and there were positive performances that were masked by the results. There were of course some poor performances as well but the results started to turn around and the supporters’ patience paid off."
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