Nigerian attacker Omatsone Aluko has expressed his sadness at failing to get one of three promotion tickets to the Premier League available this season.
His London-based side Fulham FC were knocked out of the promotion play-offs by Reading FC 2-1 on aggregate.
Reacting to the defeat, Aluko posited that the Cottagers deserved to win, however, insisted they must bounce back from the defeat.
“It’s a tough one to take, a real tough one. I didn’t even consider ourselves losing. I was so confident we would get to the final at least,” Aluko told getwestlondon.co.uk.
“The way we played, we probably deserved to win. Second half especially, we dominated the game and had some big chances, but that’s football and that’s life.
“We have to get up and go again and as a team. We need to bounce back from this, it’s a really tough feeling to take.
“We can only go one way, we have to learn from this and improve. We had patches in the season where if we were slightly better we wouldn’t be in the position we are and we’d be first or second.
“Over the course of the season, these mistakes were made and you look at the amount of penalties we missed and we dominated most games, so it’s tough because we’re a good team and we know it.
“There’s a lot of improvement for us still.”
Sone Aluko was relegated at the end of the 2013/2014 season with Hull City, the same season as his current club, Fulham.