Swanny’s Posh highlights - the February day when I was proud to be a fan

The Posh fans never stopped cheering on their side at Milton Keynes.
The Posh fans never stopped cheering on their side at Milton Keynes.
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Things are never as bad as they seem.

The 2014/15 Posh season has been described as ‘underwhelming’ by chairman Darragh MacAnthony ‘bang average’ by right-back Michael Smith and ‘boring’ by me.

But I’ve dredged the memory bank for some highlights and for me there was one stand-out afternoon...

1) I sat with the Posh fans during the 3-0 defeat at MK Dons in February and their performance, considering what was unfolding in front of them, was astonishing.

It’s easy to support a team when times are good, but to sing, roar and chant for 90 minutes when your team is delivering the most witless, gutless, ill-managed display against a team you hate is quite a feat. It was a quite brilliant experience...

2) ...which led directly to the departure of manager Darren Ferguson, something that had to happen for his own sake and for the team’s sake...

3)...so well done Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony for, not only taking a tough decision to fire a mate, but for giving a man with an impressive London Road CV every chance to get it right. MacAnthony’s continued support is a highlight at the end of every season...

4)...and he was rewarded for making a drastic management change by the performances at Sheffield United and Doncaster. The win from behind at Bramall Lane with two late quality goals, was my favourite Posh display of the season...

5)...while individually I enjoyed the first two months of Marcus Maddison’s Posh career. His free-kick goals against Oldham and Barnsley at London Road arrived as a result of awesome technique and supreme self-confidence and win my vote as the Posh goals-of-the-season...

6)...I also loved the return to favour of centre-back Gaby Zakuani. The rock at the heart of the Posh defence for several years was in danger of having his reputation ruined by Ferguson’s obsession with tippy-tappy football across the back four. New manager Dave Robertson’s biggest success was a back-to-basics defensive approach which suited the players at his disposal...

7)...Robertson also tried to inspire the current squad by introducing them to club legends like Ken Charlery and David Farrell. Okay the return of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean on loan didn’t work out well, but it was good to see Grant McCann come back to Posh in a coaching role, co-incidentally as soon as Ferguson left. I wouldn’t argue if McCann and Robertson swapped roles at the start of next season...

8)...Posh have few problems off the field. The service from those behind the scenes at the ABAX Stadium is usually impeccable and the video spoof of the John Lewis Xmas advert the club produced was inspired. The new Motorpoint Stand has also improved the look of the stadium .