Slavisa Jokanovic insists the best team lost after his Fulham side's promotion dreams were dashed by Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Yann Kermorgant's spot kick was the difference between the two sides but the Serbian felt Tomas Kalas was pushed for the handball that led to the penalty.
Fulham had the better of the play but an inspired Ali Al Habsi was there to deny them time and time again.
When asked if the best team lost, Jokanovic said: “Yes. I believe you watched the game. We played the better football. We were the best team but we're not going to play in the final.
“Reading scored two goals and both goals came from complicated decisions in these situations. A push in the box should be a penalty but the referee didn't show consistency in the opposite box and, in this situation, if he shows it in one he must show it in the opposite box when they push Lucas Piazon.
“This is the best English referee, he's an international referee. I can not complain. But we are really disappointed that we've lost the chance to play in the final after this kind of decision.
“We created many chances but it wasn't clinical enough tonight. For another side, I can't be satisfied and normally we are disappointed but I am proud of my team and how they play all the season.
“At the end we lost tonight but I can be proud how my team fought and how my team played tonight against Reading.
“We dominated them, we took risks and created many things. We didn't score and I wish them the best at Wembley.”