Ryan Jarvis, captain for the day. Picture: Matthew Usher

Linnets manager Ian Culverhouse heaped praise on his players as the curtain came down on yet another season, but was upset that his players didn’t play on the day.

Culverhouse said: “We didn’t play today. We got caught up playing long, we don’t play that way.

“It might have been the heat or maybe the occasion as we didn’t play our usual stuff.

“But the boys have been magnificent and just to fall short is heartbreaking – I do really feel for them.

“I’ve just said to them in the changing room that they haven’t got anything to be sorry about and that they’ve done this club proud.

“We were never in control of the game. It was much like a basketball match, toing and froing.

“We usually play through the third and control it and we never did that, it’s just a shame to fall short on the biggest stage.

“Fair play to Slough, I hope that they go on to bigger and better things and hope they do well in the Conference South and I wish them all the best.”

Culverhouse confirmed his exit from The Walks: “That’s it from me now.

“It’s now up to somebody to come in and take over from me and try and take it on and do something that I couldn’t do.

“There’s a good group of players here and whoever comes in I wish them all the best.

“I’ve enjoyed every single minute with these players and I said to them in the changing room, that every Monday and Thursday they’ve given everything in the training sessions.

“In games they’ve been outstanding and what they’ve achieved this year is incredible.”

Captain on the day Ryan Jarvis spoke after the game of his utter disappointment.

“We’ve played so well this season,” he said.

“We entertained the crowds, scored some good goals, not conceded many and won so many games at home and to go out like that is pretty heartbreaking.

“The lads can keep their heads held high as they’ve been fantastic all season.

“We didn’t play to our levels we’ve set all season; maybe a few tired legs or maybe the occasion got to us.

“We gave everything on Wednesday and nobody can argue that.

“Every game this season we have left everything on the pitch and it’s not happened today.

“To finish on 100 points and not go up is horrible, 100 points probably wins you the league next season.

“Everyone in that dressing room is gutted but we can hold our heads high.

“Everybody in the league believed that we were the best side in the league and haven’t let our standards drop, but we didn’t show that today.”

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