Peterborough Today reported: “Only super-optimist Darragh MacAnthony (he has more positive energy than a roomful of clairvoyants)
As thousands of Posh fans poured into the stadium on Sunday, their combined hope must have fuelled the events that were to follow.
A dedicated fan was quoted to say:
“I go to every home and away game. I feel a bit sick with nerves, but if we play like we did last Thursday against MK Dons, then we can beat anyone.”
And Peterborough United FC did exactly this, beating Huddersfield Town by 3-0.
Peterborough proved why they have been promoted in all three play-offs they have been a part of in the last four years. The team almost took the lead within five minutes, only for Mackail-Smith's shot to be deflected onto the outside of the post.
Posh broke the 0-0 trend of the match in the 78th minute with Rowe's header finding the centre of the goal from McCann's free-kick. Clark decided to go to two up front and brought on Danny Cadamarteri. But the momentum was all Peterborough's, Mackail-Smith's shot hitting Kay before finding the corner of the net. Mackail-Smith's strike, his 35th of the season and 99th for the Posh was the last goal of this glorious match.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony relished in the end result and showed his unshakeable dedication to his Club by immediately joining his football players and colleagues on the Old Trafford pitch after the final whistle. Speaking outside Peterborough Town Hall, he paid tribute to Posh fans announcing to them all that 15,000 of them sounded like 150,000. He continued his appreciation for the moment by saying:
“Days like today are why you want to buy a football club...With the love and support of the fans, the endeavor of the players, the loyalty and respect of the management team and the City of Peterborough behind us from the top to bottom we have got some great years ahead of us. Let’s enjoy it, let’s work damn hard, let’s go and respect the Championship and let’s have some fun.”
Fans have been given the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the coveted Cup on Friday between 10am and 12pm at PUFC grounds.