POSH FEATURE: The good, the bad and the ugly of Peterborough United in 2015

Posh star Michael Bostwick played 51 times, scored eight goals and was cautioned 16 times in 2015. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh star Michael Bostwick played 51 times, scored eight goals and was cautioned 16 times in 2015. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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There should be far more optimism among Peterborough United fans at the start of 2016 than there was at the start of 2015.

The free-flowing, high-risk, entertaining football is back under Graham Westley, a manager who had previously been dismissed as a long-ball merchant.

Dave Robertson should never have been appointed manager of Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Dave Robertson should never have been appointed manager of Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Westley was the third manager to work for chairman Darragh MacAnthony in 2015, a year that has seen some dramatic highs and some terrible lows.

Here is the Peterborough Telegraph list of the good, bad and downright ugly.

Best team performance

Winning at Sheffield United with two late goals last season was fun as was seeing off Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster 4-0 at the ABAX Stadium in October, but the 4-0 win at Scunthorpe in November was as good an all-round display as you are likely to see.

Posh teenager Jermaine Anderson was involved in the good, bad and ugly of 2015. Photo: Jermaine Anderson.

Posh teenager Jermaine Anderson was involved in the good, bad and ugly of 2015. Photo: Jermaine Anderson.

Worst team performance

The 3-0 defeat at MK Dons in February that ended Ferguson’s Posh career was embarrassing and pitiful.

Best individual display

Conor Washington’s hat-trick at Scunthorpe.

Star Posh man of 2015

Michael Bostwick. Outstanding in midfield in the second half of last season. Just as good in central defence this season.

Best fans’ display

Considering what they were watching the Posh support at stadium:mk sent shivers down your spine.

Best decision

Fergie was good for Posh, but he lost the plot and the dressing room towards the end so he had to go.

Worst decision

The chairman admits he blundered in appointing Dave Robertson permanently. Posh would now be close to the top two if he’d appointed Westley in the summer.

Best signing (permanent)

Midfielder Chris Forrester has taken the step up in standard in his immaculate stride. He’s a multi-million pound sale of the future.

Best signing (on loan)

Callum Elder, a high-class, attacking left-back.

Worst signings

Loans James Pearson (why?)and Luke Williams (lazy).

Most regrettable departure

Grant McCann to Linfield.

Most welcome return

Grant McCann from Linfield (one month later).

Best game.

Coventry away in October. Breath-taking attacking football from both sides as the home team fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Worst game

Coventry at home in March. Horrible negative football from both sides won with a late flukey goal by the visitors.

Most improved player

I have constantly laughed at the chairman’s insistence that Conor Washington could score 20 goals in a season. I could be proved wrong this season.

Most frustrating player

Luke James had a great attitude, but couldn’t score, which was quite a drawback for a £500k striker.

Young player of the year

Jermaine Anderson would be a Championship footballer next week if he hadn’t picked up an injury.

Best referee

No qualifiers

Worst referee

Graham Salisbury for his mystifying decision to disallow Jermaine Anderson’s last-gasp ‘equaliser’ at Burton in August and the fourth official who decided that Anderson should be sent off late in the game against Walsall in September for accidentally throwing a wtare bottle into the crowd.