Reading 1 Fulham 0 (2-1 on aggregate)
Fulham`s hopes of a Wembley appearance and possible play-off promotion place died in Berkshire last night.
Journeying west with hopeful expectations, the drive down the M4 and back into London was carried out in total silence. Four hardy souls left speechless after Fulham failed to edge past a Reading side who now carry the dream we cherished so much.
With the tie delicately balanced at 1-1, after the first-leg at Craven Cottage, we always expected a tense affair in the away leg.
As it turned out, despite Fulham having far more shots on target than their hosts, the tie was to be decided on a penalty, awarded after Tomas Kalas had handled the ball, was it a contentious decision? Probably!
But, being given a chance to edge his side in front, Yann Kermogant wasn`t going to waste the opportunity.
Fulham`s response was good, pushing forward with poise and creating chance after chance, but they found the Reading keeper in top-form, Al-Habsi made save after save to deny Fulham.
Slavisa Jokanovic threw on some attacking additions, knowing it was always going to leave his side open to the sucker-punch, but that Reading defence held firm and when the final whistle went salt was rubbed into the wounds by the celebrating Reading fans.
Here at Vital Fulham we wish Reading well in the play-off final at Wembley, someone once told me it was better to lose to the side that ends up winning it, if you get my drift.