Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has labelled his side's season as a failure despite the Tigers set to record their best finish in five years.
The Tigers notched their 10th win of the season on Friday night with a comfortable 45-point triumph over Essendon.
With a final-round clash against Port Adelaide to come next week, Richmond look likely to finish the year with 11 wins and 11 losses, their best return since 2008 when they had 11 wins and a draw.
But in a season that promised so much early on, Hardwick said they only have themselves to blame for not challenging for a top-eight spot.
"Every season's a fail when you don't make finals, that's the reality of it and that is what we and the media certainly gauge by the importance of the season," Hardwick said.
"We're disappointed. We certainly felt if we had played to the best of our ability for a longer period of time, we had the capabilities of playing at the level (of finals).
"We just dropped some games we should have won and that's the reality of it. We've got no one else to blame but ourselves."
Richmond's win on Friday night will quickly be forgotten with the match never really reaching great heights.
The margin could have ballooned out to triple digits had the Tigers kicked straight with Hardwick saying their inaccuracy needs to be addressed after watching his side boot 13 goals from 37 scoring shots.
"There were a lot of things that were positive. Our ability to finish our work probably wasn't one of our prettiest things," he said.
"It probably wasn't our best work on the night... we kicked 20-odd points and the wind was relatively swirly out there as we know.
"The thing that was a little bit disappointing was our composure to get the ball inside 50 to a marking target, so just got to improve in that area."
Essendon coach James Hird was left frustrated by a number of aspects of the game but the thing that disappointed him the most was his side's inability to take the game on.
"Kicking was pretty ordinary, we didn't make it easy for ourselves the way we used the ball," he said.
"I thought we didn't take the game on. If you're going to play AFL football and kick down the line and kick to a contest the whole game, it's too easy to work out.
"We didn't take the game on and that's probably the most disappointing part from my point of view.
"Personally I would rather get beaten by 100 points and take the game on than get beaten by 50 points and try and play safe the whole night."
Hird is hoping his side will be more adventurous in the Bombers' final-round clash against Collingwood and said that Michael Hurley and Stewart Crameri should both be fit to play despite picking up knocks against the Tigers.But Alwyn Davey (hamstring) will miss the final match against the Magpies after he became the latest Bomber to go down with a soft-tissue injury.