Wembley Aftermath:Proud - Macca
Feature by Kevin Markey
Updated Monday, 26th May 2008
Gary McAllister says the players deserve praise for reaching the play-off finals despite starting the season on -15 points."It goes without saying how disappointed we are," said McAllister, in what was only his 20th game in charge since taking over from Dennis Wise.
"But what I'm trying to impress on the guys in the dressing room is that myself and the coaching staff are very proud of them.
"Each individual should be proud of what they have done. To start the campaign with such a hefty handicap and get right to the final play-off match, they deserve to be applauded.
"They've continually picked themselves up and got on with it.
"It's simple. That group of players won 27 games, gained 91 points and barring the handicap would have been promoted.
"We'll go away this summer and regroup. There will be a hardcore of those guys back at Elland Road. It's going to be busy for the chairman and myself trying to recruit people that can make us better."