Defender Lewie Coyle says the Tigers “simply weren’t good enough” in the five-goal defeat against Bristol City.
The Tigers had won three of their previous four matches but were comprehensively overwhelmed by former boss Nigel Pearson’s rampant Robins on a sobering afternoon in the South West.
“We weren’t at the races from the word go,” admitted Coyle.
“We simply weren’t good enough. Credit to them - they were on it. It was the furthest thing from us in terms of performance.
“I don’t want to be overcritical of us a group, but at the end of the day, that was just simply not good enough from us.”
Almost 800 away supporters attended Ashton Gate to witness the final away game of the season, and Coyle was left bitterly disappointed not to give them another performance to be proud of.
“We go into every game looking to get maximum points,” explained Coyle.
“It’s a game we realistically should’ve gone out and enjoyed. We’ve gone out and tried to put on a good performance, and everything that could’ve gone wrong has gone wrong.
“We owe it to ourselves as a group to be so much better than that, and we also owe it to the travelling fans who came down in their numbers, and have done all season, especially for the away days.
“We’ll pick the bones out of it and go again next week and try and repay ourselves and the fans with a top performance at home.”