The Owls made the final having defeated Brighton and Hove Albion over two legs and were backed by an army of Wednesday supporters, selling out their allocation within hours.
Wednesday certainly won the day in terms of support, yet on the field they were thoroughly outclassed by a Hull side who squandered numerous clear-cut chances before Mo Diame’s wonderful winner.
Commenting on BBC Radio Five Live, Claridge was critical of Wednesday’s performance and felt their team weren’t good enough on the day as he labels Hull different class.
“Sheffield Wednesday weren't good enough, it's as simple as that. Very rarely do you see backing like they got from the fans, but the team aren't good enough. Hull were a different class today,” Claridge explained.
After a bright opening 20 minutes where Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri looked lively and drew a save from the Hull shot-stopper via a free-kick, it was pretty much one-way traffic for the rest of the game.
Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood pulled off a number of good saves, while Andrew Robertson missed a glorious chance and Diame hit the post before his superb long-range winner.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men can be proud of their team’s efforts over the season, yet the final against Hull highlighted a few weaknesses and key areas to improve over the summer.