Cardiff manager Dave Jones hit back at his side's critics after the 1-1 draw at Burnley allowed bitter rivals Swansea to leapfrog them into third place in the npower Championship.
Jay Rodriguez's 15th goal of the season put Burnley ahead but Craig Bellamy struck at the death to ensure that the Bluebirds finished level on points with the Swans.
Jones said: "It's still a good achievement to get to the play-offs and I wish people would stop knocking us because we've not got automatic [promotion]. What about the other 20 clubs that haven't got it either?"
He added: "We've worked so hard this season. No-one thought we'd be anywhere near it with the transfer embargo that was on us.
"It's still a good achievement, and I'm sure the other three teams will all be saying exactly the same. I don't think there's anything to be ashamed of or anything to be disappointed in."
Burnley manager Eddie Howe felt his side should have collected maximum points.
Howe said: "I thought we deserved to win. We were excellent, we set out to pass the ball, keep the ball, and try to frustrate Cardiff. I thought we did that really, really well.
"I think we leave the season with a feeling of what could have been. You look at us play at full flow, as we were at times in this game, and you think 'what a team'.
"But then you concede the goal at the end, and you just think that you need to have the consistency for the full 90 minutes every game, home and away. That's what we're going to strive for next season.
"It was a great goal. It was a fantastic ball by Andre Bikey and a fantastic finish by Jay Rodriguez."
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