Karl Robinson believes his players should take pride from their performance at Blackburn Rovers, a side who racked up 96 League One points and will play next season in the Championship.
Speaking amidst the promotion party at Ewood Park, a place he spent time as a coach, Robinson said: “This is a massive football club and it should be a motivation to my players.
“You don’t want to be the bridesmaid but we’ve played it really well today.
“I’m proud of my players and we’ve been part of a very good spectacle.
“We ran up short a bit. We huffed and puffed and we need to learn that we’ve got to score.
“In the first 25 minutes we were the better team – we got in three or four times and didn’t ask a question [of the Blackburn goalkeeper].”
Robinson called on his squad to work hard over the summer to carry the momentum into next season.
He said: “We finish in a very positive frame of mind.
“To finish the way we did…our only two defeats in the last few games have been to the sides in first and second and both were by a one-goal margin.
“I think it’s progress, so we have to move forward now.”