Clive Allen paid tribute to his reserve side after a late run to try and catch Villa for the title ended with defeat at Chelsea on Monday night.
Six-successive wins dragged the squad from second-from-bottom up to second in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.
It meant Villa still had to win their final game against West Brom and if they slipped up, two wins in our final two matches would complete an amazing title turn-around.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.
Kicking-off at the same time last night, Villa beat West Brom 2-0 to secure the title regardless of our result as we slipped to a somewhat harsh 3-0 scoreline against the Blues at Brentford's Griffin Park.
"It was a massive task to even get close to Villa but the lads responded and we managed to take it to our penultimate game," said Development Coach Clive. "They gave everything and had a real go.
"We had some good opportunities early on against Chelsea, didn't take them and then Chelsea showed their quality when Quaresma set up their first goal.
"We kept going and really attacked the game but it wasn't to be.
"I'm proud of them all. We got pretty close in the end on the back of those six wins. I don't like getting beaten but we've gone down fighting."