Rob Hulse has urged his Leeds United team-mates not to mope or dwell on their play-off defeat to Watford.
Kevin Blackwell's side fell at the final hurdle in their quest to return to the top flight, crashing to a 3-0 loss at The Millennium Stadium.
Hulse believes that Leeds have to shift their attention to next season straight away if they are to bounce back from the disappointment.
"It is no use feeling sorry for ourselves," he stressed.
"We were gutted to be beaten but we lost to the better side on the day.
"We let the fans down and we won't forget the way they stuck with us all the way, singing their hearts out. That will stay with me for a long time."
Chairman Ken Bates was even less sympathetic, warning the players that they had better turn up to pre-season training on time.
"I thanked the players for their efforts and repeated what I said to Chelsea's players in 1988 when they lost a play-off final," Bates explained.
"They had given what they had and they had given their best. I also told them not to be late for their first day back in training or we would fine them."