Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was unable to hide his disappointment after his side's 2-1 aggregate defeat to Jaap Stam's Reading in the first playoff semi-final.
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A moment of madness from Thomas Kalas saw the Royals awarded a penalty for handball, with Yann Kermorgant banishing the ghosts of playoff's past and converting the crucial spot kick for the hosts.
Fulham found themselves blunted by Reading's contentment to sit back after scoring, and despite dominating possession, and creating a fair few of their own chances, a titanic Ali Al-Habsi performance saw the Cottagers promotion efforts fall short, despite tearing up the table to gain a playoff spot towards the end of the Championship season.
"I'm disappointed," Jokanovic told reporters. "I'm proud with our product and that we tried. We had many chances.
"We were not clinical. We are not happy. We cannot be satisfied but we made many, many important steps [this season].
"We will try next year.''
The Slovenian coach did not question Martin Atkinson's decision to award Reading's penalty, but did comment on Fulham's own appeal later in the second half of the match.
"If he [the referee] must give it in this situation, he must do it in the opposite box when they push Lucas Piazon.
"In general, I think Mr Atkinson is best to referee in England. He knows better. I cannot complain."