Indeed he was remarkably calm, apologising to those whose deadlines had altered, before describing his boss’s mood as ‘frustrated’ which could well qualify as the understatement of the season so far.Mac Anthony is entitled to have stronger feelings than mere frustration.Even club heroes are not immune from stick, from the terraces if not from the boardroom. The clear Posh man-of-the-match sent two crosses in that had ‘goal’ written all over them in the second-half, but Marriott headed the first wide and the second travelled along the six yard line with both strikers stood somewhere near the penalty spot.
Former Posh favourite Gaby Zakuani, who was given a generous round of applause by the Posh faithful after the match, would have been surprised how little he and his fellow defenders were tested by a team with a strong scoring record.
On the surface Posh are still in a decent position in seventh with a game in hand of many of those around them, but the last three League One matches - all of them lost, two against teams starting the day in the bottom two - suggest it’s rather more than an easily-dismissed blip.
Posh have deserved to lose all three of those games.
They’ve been exposed as witless, toothless and error-prone, presumably to the dismay of a heavily-invested chairman who can see his promotion ambitions going up in smoke alongside his attendance targets.
There were fewer than 5,000 paying Posh fans at the ABAX yesterday and that number will probably fall further thanks to an admission pricing policy that demands entertainment as well as positive results.