Burnley manager Brian Laws accepted that his side were not good enough, often enough to stay in the Barclays Premier League but has vowed to bounce back stronger.
A 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Turf Moor confirmed their return to the Coca-Cola Championship after just one top-flight campaign. However, Laws confirmed he would be in charge for next season and hoped to lead the side back up again.
"No-one can explain how you feel. It is one of those feelings you get in the pit of your stomach and it is not very nice - supporters will be feeling it because it has come to an end," said Laws.
"You can't console the players. They are as hurt as much as anyone else. It is the final nail in the coffin and it is a horrible feeling.
"But they have to reflect and say, under that horrible feeling, they have to be proud of themselves at what they have achieved because getting into the Premier League was a magnificent achievement.
"Over the 12 months I'm sure many people will reflect and say we didn't deserve to stay in the Premier League.
"The regret is not winning games but every player has gone out there and given their all.
"At the end of the day, if we're not good enough we're not good enough.
"But there have been moments within this season when we have been good enough but not on a consistent level.
"More importantly, against teams at the bottom end, is when you have to raise your performances and we didn't do that frequently enough. That is why we are where we are."
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