However, having been in the promotion picture themselves prior to being placed in administration, Penney admitted it was tough for the Quakers players, staff and supporters to watch.
"It makes it worse, everyone thinks we could have been in that position and it would have been great to fight for the title or automatic promotion," he said.
Darlington, currently 12th in League Two with 59 points, would instead be sat in the fourth and final play-off spot at this time had the club not been hit by a 10-point penalty for entering administration.
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