Clive Allen praised his reserve side for picking up the pieces after seeing the title drift away by ending their campaign with a win.
The 1-0 victory against Portsmouth at Havant on Bank Holiday Monday capped a superb run-in of seven wins in their final eight matches in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.
That sequence lifted the side from second-from-bottom to runners-up and made sure Villa didn't pick up the title until beating West Brom in their final match last week.
It could have been all so different - if we hadn't beaten Villa back on March 30 they would have secured the title that night!
Simon Dawkins' first-half strike was enough for the win at Pompey in a game we dominated.
"I thought it was an excellent performance in the circumstances with the league having slipped away from us the week before," said Development Coach Clive. "We've had a fantastic end to the season.
"There are no easy games in this league but the way the lads have applied themselves in recent weeks is a real credit to them.
"We played some good football in tricky conditions at Pompey and it was all about the attitude of the lads - again it was spot on.
"Portsmouth never looked like scoring, defensively we were very solid and we also had numerous opportunities created by good play. We deserved to win."