2013/14 Review: Maverick Moment Of The Season

Mark Runnacles

After the storm - reflection. What was the best of the bonkers?

With the most bonkers season in memory finished, we're a bit knackered. We are not quite ready to put it to bed quite yet, though.

We asked our writers five questions about the campaign, and we'll publish the responses to one question a day through this week.

Yesterday it was all about the game of the season. Today, we tackle the maverick moment.

Michael Graham

We haven't been short of people doing crazy stuff this season, though most have kind of been in a bad way. I was tempted to plump for Phil Bardsley's epically amazing own goal against Chelsea, but he's off the hook.

For me, I just loved El-Hadji Ba's general scorn for everything after scoring against Carlisle in the FA Cup. What a wonderfully moody sod. Gloire!

Craig Clark

Vergini's sliced clearance, which narrowly avoided turning into an own goal at Arsenal. Who was this bloke with such a unique style of defending and why was he playing for us? Turns out he knew what he was doing really. He's actually pretty good.

Gareth Barker

Andrea Dossena. All the time.

Chris Weatherspoon

Lee Cattermole scoring at Spurs. Just who the hell does he think he is? A man who, a week prior, managed to find the West Ham goalkeeper from around eight yards when it was easier to thump the ball into the vast uncovered areas of the net, calmly passing one in from 25 yards?

In a season full of moments that made you feel like you'd been on a particularly wild LSD bender, this was one of the most baffling. And enjoyable.

Stephen Goldsmith

Although I wasn't at The Hawthorns, the images of Di Canio marching over to the fans is an iconic image that has its place in the history of this football club. It was essentially like an inmate walking the green mile. His perceived force field was breached there and then.

Luke Bowley

Paolo Di Canio playing David Vaughan and Seb Larsson as midfield two against Palace and putting Ji and a (then) out of form Wickham up front. Even Ian Holloway's Palace tore his side to shreds.

Nick Holden

A spot of roleplay. You're the manager of a side on a truly horrendous run, which has just had yet another game added to it as a clueless display sees you whacked 3-0 by poor opposition. The players are already mutinous about your harsh regime, and are clearly failing to buy into your coaching methods and tactics.

What do you do to try and raise their spirits for the next game and get them all onside? You spit in your own face and tell them to do the same. I mean, obviously. Paolo Di Canio. What a man.

Paolo Di Canio pretty much wins the vote there, right? I mean, just Paolo Di Canio generally. We can laugh now I guess!

Feel free to tell us your game of the season via Twitter (@RokerReport) or in the comments section below!

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