Nigel Adkins says lessons must be learnt from a difficult campaign after the Tigers secured their Championship status with two games to spare following Saturday's draw with Bristol City.
The point gained in dramatic fashion at Ashton Gate, coupled with defeats for both Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers, was enough to guarantee Nigel Adkins’ side a place in the second tier of English football for the 2018/19 campaign.
And despite his joy at seeing the Tigers fend off the threat of relegation, Adkins acknowledges that some key lessons must be learned in order for the Club to become stronger.
“You’ve got to learn lessons,” he said. “There’s not a problem with making a mistake but if you’re making the same mistakes all the time then you’re not learning your lessons.
“That’s how you gain experience but I want to be back in the Premier League. As an individual, that’s my target. We’ve got an opportunity now to put a structure in place and help move this club forward.
“I’ve got a lot of experience and I’ll try to bring that to the forefront to see if we can put ourselves in a position to build.
“I always believed we wouldn’t be in the bottom three come the end of the season but until you’re mathematically safe you never know.
“I’ve just kept working on performances and keeping standards right in everything we do. We’ve done that and I’ll keep driving the message home.
“I want us to keep our momentum going. We’ve been in really good form. We’ll keep working hard in training to set standards.
“We’ve got a couple of weeks left in this season but we can put the wheels in motion for next season knowing that we’re going to be in the Championship.
“We want to put ourselves in a position where, when we come back on June 25, we’ve got a squad of players ready to go again.
“We don’t want to be in a position next year where we’re pleased to have avoided relegation, but to be in a position, like Bristol City, where we’re knocking on the door of the play-off positions at least.”