After seeing his Reading side lose the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley on penalties, Jaap Stam was left disappointed, but proud of his players' efforts over the season.
"It is always hard when you lose. What we have achieved this season is great. We have made great progress this season, getting into the top six and reaching the final. When you get to the final, you want to do all you can to win it."
In a largely forgettable final, Reading only had one shot on target in 120 minutes and Stam thought that the occasion got to his team: "It was very hard because of the totally different occasion. You can’t create that kind of atmosphere and tension in training."
The Dutchman reflected on his first season in English football which saw him take a Reading side that finished 17th last season to 3rd.
They were in with a chance of automatic promotion for large parts of the season, but in the end had to settle for the play-offs.
The former Manchester United defender said: "If you want to go up, you need to win the league. If you look at the players we have, I think they have done very well to finish third in the league and then to reach this final. This is a league with a lot of very strong teams."
After losing the Championship Play-Off Final in 2011, Reading came back the following season and won the Championship title and Stam hopes his current crop of Reading players can use the Wembley disappointment to push for promotion again next season.
"We did it last summer – we lifted them. It needs to strengthen you. At the moment, it is difficult but you need to take this experience into the next occasion."
Stam concluded his press conference by congratulating Huddersfield on their promotion. "Congratulations to Huddersfield, I wish them good luck for next season and now we need to go again next season."