Nigeria forward, Sone Aluko, says Fulham's elimination in the semi-final of the Premier League promotion playoffs by Reading remains a shock to him.
Fulham lost 1-0 away to Reading in the second leg of their semi-final play-off on Tuesday to go out 2-1 on aggregate. The first leg at Craven Cottage ended 1-1.
The only goal was scored by Yann Kermorgant who converted a 49th minute penalty to send Reading to Wembley for the final.
Reacting to the defeat, Aluko who posited that Fulham deserved to win the game 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."
Fulham's last campaign in the EPL was in the 2013/2014 season when they were relegated.
Also, Aluko was relegated with Hull City from the EPL in the 2013/2014 campaign.