Josh Mullin admits Hamilton Accies finishing outside the top half of the Championship simply wasn’t good enough.
Loanee Livingston joined the club last summer in hopes of helping them win a place back in the Scottish Premiership.
But that didn’t go according to plan as the South Lanarkshire side know the best they can achieve is currently sixth across the board, following a lackluster 2-0 home defeat to Raith Rovers full of hope for promotion yesterday.
A goal in one of Ben Williamson’s two innings saw the Kirkcaldy men push past comfortable winners at New Douglas Park, with the Accies 10 points off play-off points just one game away. .
And Mullin wasn’t pleased with the performance as they suffered their 13th defeat of the season ahead of Friday’s final game of the season against Inverness.
“I’m not going to stand here and make excuses,” he said.
“We weren’t playing well enough. Raith looked like a team that had something to play and we just went through the motions.
“We looked like a safe team. But, to be honest, I don’t even like standing here saying ‘oh we’re safe’, because I don’t think it’s good enough.
“But in reality, that’s where we’re at at this point and we need to look at ourselves going into the final game of the season to try to finish on a positive note, so we can get a rebound next season.”
Asked if they hadn’t done well as a Premier League side last season, the 29-year-old added: “I think so. I think the quality is there and that’s why at Why did I come here, look at the lineup and what we have.
“But I don’t think where we ended up was due to lack of effort or the way we played.
“I just think it’s things like off in the game.
“Everybody knows we dropped a lot of points late. It’s sad, it’s disappointing but it’s not because the boys lacked effort.
“It would be nicer to finish higher on the table.”