The Tigers' run to the FA Cup final last season earned them their first ever foray into European football but they were eliminated 2-2 on aggregate despite beating Lokeren 2-1 in the second leg of their play-off on Thursday.
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"To go out the way we did is the worst, on away goals, but that's what playing in Europe is like. It's a totally different ball game and we didn't get to grips with it," he told reporters.
"To have had a big couple of European nights would have been terrific so it's a shame. It would have been a great adventure for everyone.
"We've won the match and gone out on the rule but, if we're being honest, we didn't play to the levels I expect.
"That's the disappointing thing, even though we won the game. It's gone too quick for everyone but it's not to be so we move on."
Hull will now turn their attention to Sunday's Premier League fixture at Aston Villa.