Mack­ail-smith was so happy to see Posh sur­vive

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - WORLDOFSPORT - By ALAN SWANN

“MAYBE, one day, you never know.” That was Craig Mack­ail-smith’s an­swer to the most per­ti­nent Posh-re­lated ques­tion that came his way on Sun­day - the one that won­dered whether or not he might re­turn to London Road full-time in the fu­ture.

But one sus­pects that’s re­ally a long-shot. There’s prob­a­bly more chance of Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony ap­ply­ing for ben­e­fits in the near fu­ture,

Mack­ail-smith is one of the most po­lite, en­gag­ing foot­ballers on earth and he’d never say any­thing to up­set Posh fans. He’s well aware of his sta­tus as a Posh Leg­end which is why he was back on his old stomp­ing ground on Sun­day.

The club’s third-high­est scorer agreed to play for Posh in a char­ity match against Arse­nal. Nat­u­rally he re­ceived the big­gest cheer from the im­pres­sive crowd, in­evitably he agreed to make the day for a few young­sters by pre­sent­ing some medals, of course he scored (sur­pris­ingly though with his left-foot from 20 yards) and as usual he was happy to be in­ter­viewed af­ter the game.

But the all-round good­ness also hides a de­ter­mined streak. Mack­ail-smith will be a man on a mis­sion next sea­son and that mis­sion is to be­come as im­por­tant to Brighton FC as he was to Posh.

The Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional has just fin­ished a steady, rather than spec­tac­u­lar, sea­son at the AMEX Sta­dium fol­low­ing his £2.5 mil­lion move from Posh.

“I had to get used to a dif­fer­ent style of foot­ball,” Mack­ailSmith stated. “The man­ager prefers to keep pos­ses­sion rather than get it for­ward quickly and risk los­ing the ball.

“It cer­tainly works for the team though so I’m de­ter­mined to adapt my game suc­cess­fully so I keep get­ting picked.

“I scored 10 goals which is not so bad for a first sea­son, but I’d ex­pect to score more next year.

“It’s a great club to play for though and I have no re­grets over the move. We play in a fan- tas­tic sta­dium where the at­mos­phere is al­ways bril­liant.

“They are adding an ex­tra 6,000 seats for next sea­son and they’ll sell them all. We could be play­ing in front of 30,000 at home

“As a team we were dis­ap­pointed not to fin­ish in the play­offs at least. We were in the top six with three games to go so it was a shame not to fin­ish the sea­son bet­ter.

“But it was still an en­joy­able sea­son. We know what to ex­pect now and we know we can com­pete with the best teams.

“I was ob­vi­ously happy to see Posh sur­vive as well. The boys did a great job and never looked like go­ing down.

“Hope­fully they’ll be able to kick on and have an­other good sea­son.”

Mack­ail-smith used Sun­day’s Le­gends clash as fit­ness train­ing as well as a catch-up ses­sion with some old friends and teammates.

He played al­most the en­tire 90 min­utes and he will be on the go fit­ness-wise for the whole of May as he hopes to go to Florida to play for Scot­land against the United States at the end of the month.

“It’s sur­pris­ing how quickly your fit­ness drops,” Mack­ailSmith ad­deed. “I’ve only had a week off and I was feel­ing it at the end of the Le­gends match.

“I haven’t heard from Scot­land yet, but hope­fully I’ll get the e-mail say­ing I’m in the squad soon.

“I re­ally en­joyed Sun­day. The re­cep­tion I got from the fans was ter­rific and it was great fun rem­i­nisc­ing be­fore the game with the likes of Char­lie Lee, Tom Wil­liams, Adam New­ton and Micah Hyde about all the suc­cess we had to­gether.

“Will I come back? Maybe one day, who knows?”

THE Le­gends match be­tween Posh and Arse­nal was hosted at London Road by the Help­ing Hands Group, Over 1,600 fans watched Posh win 4-2 with goals from Mack­ail-smith, Ken Charlery, David Far­rell and Mar­cus Eb­don.

The Help­ing Hands Group, based at Char­ford House, Pad­holme Road, of­fers fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and day op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults with a wide range of dis­abil­i­ties in­clud­ing Autism, Sen­sory Im­pair­ment, Brain In­jury, PMLD and Asperg­ers Syn­drome.

NO RE­GRETS: ‘ Brighton is a great club to play for’ says Craig Mack­ail-smith.

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