Juan Pablo Angel regards tenth position in the Premiership as unacceptable for a club of Aston Villa's stature.
The Colombia international striker, who scored Villa's goal in their 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City on Saturday, lamented the failure to finish in a European position but it has made him more determined to do so next season.
Villa cannot finish higher than tenth this season - only teams in the top seven will play in Europe - and that, in his eyes, represents failure.
Angel says that European football would have been likely had Villa not been so unfortunate with injuries this season.
" For me, tenth place is not acceptable," Angel said. "Everyone here has expectations to be farther up the table. But when you think of what has happened over the year, in general it has been a good season.
"The season has been up and down. It is difficult to judge the season in general. If we had all the players available, it would have been different. How many important players have we missed throughout the year? That has cost us the chance to be higher.
"And there have been players who have been playing with injuries. I hope we can bring more players in and everyone here is determined to be part of the team next season.
"There is no reason why we cannot be where Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough are in the table. Hopefully we can get into Europe next season."
Angel took little consolation in scoring his ninth goal of the season. It has, by his standards, been a tepid season but he sees the bigger picture in terms of results.
"I prefer to sacrifice my goals for the team," Angel said. "It has been frustrating the past month because we had a chance to qualify for Europe but we have not qualified.
"I should have scored more than one against City. I was in good areas. I think that next season we should make more chances and score more goals.
"We made mistakes in the first half but we did have chances to score. We have been working hard this year. It is very difficult. We have had a lot of injuries and been short of numbers."
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, was happy with the team's second-half performance but felt that the damage had been done in the first half when Manchester City scored twice in the opening 12 minutes.
"That summed-up our season, really," O'Leary said. "We gifted them two goals early on and you don't come back too often in this division when you go 2-0 down.
"We've given too many stupid goals away and not taken enough chances at the other end. If you do that, you're not going to win anything are you?
"I can't say what I said at the break, but it's fair to say I was very angry and upset after that first 45 minutes.
"The second-half was better, but really we couldn't come back from 2-0 down.
"That's the end of any slim Uefa Cup hopes, but it was only ever an outside chance anyway."