Ollie Watkins grabbed a late point, and his fourth goal of the season, for Brentford against Derby County tonight to end a frustrating night for the Bees on a high note.
Joe Ledley, making his first start for Derby since signing last week, gave the Rams a first half lead with a goal which has a suspicion of offiside about it.
The visitors then proceeded to sit on their lead and show little ambition going forward, putting 11 men behind the ball at times.
Try as they might, the Bees could not break through and failed with attack after attack, despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, until Watkins came up trumps with a late tap-in, turning home Florian Jozefzoon's cross.
Brentford breach Derby's resistance
Had Derby held out to take the win, I'd be talking about how the Rams executed their strategy to perfection.
Their game plan was to grab the lead and then sit back and pick Brentford off on the counter. While the latter part wasn't successful they looked as if they would not be breached.
They were happy for the Bees to have the ball until they came within 35 yards of goal and then they pressed and gave Brentford's creative players no time or space to work opportunities.
Even when the ball was on the edge of the area, they would still have to shoot through a body of players. I can understand the cries of shoot though as the ball could easily have deflected into the net.
There was little point in the Bees trying to change strategy to put high balls into the box. The Rams' defenders are too powerful for that to be a meaningful threat.
Where the Bees did let themselves down was in their unwillingness to gamble at times. A casing point was late in the first half when Ollie Watkins drilled the ball across the face of goal. It'd have been good to see someone trying to get the touch into the net.
As it happened, it was Watkins who produced exactly that to give the Bees their deserved equaliser with four minutes to go.
Woods and Johnson square up
Bradley Johnson will not be high up on Ryan Woods' Christmas card list with the Rams midfielder trying to shove the Bees star into the stands.
Woods responded by slapping the Derby man as the players squared up with the pair both being booked.
My first reaction was that a red card would have been branded towards the Bees man. That being said, if it was, then Johnson would also be trudging off as the original aggressor and raising his hands.
By the letter of the law though, both should have been given their marching orders.
A look in our archive showed images of the two going at it last season with Woods taking a blow to the head from the Rams midfielder. It'll be a battle to watch in the meeting at Derby later this season.
Clive Thomas revisited
For those wondering who is Clive Thomas, he is a Welsh referee who famously blew full time just before Zico headed what would have been the winner for Brazil against Sweden in the 1978 World Cup. You can see the video of that incident above.
It was a surprise to see Andy Davies blow his whistle with the Bees on the attack, given his leniency in the earlier incident. Normally, the final whistle is blow after a goal kick, not when there's an attack on.
It led to a frustrating end to an evening where the Bees huffed and puffed but couldn't pick up the three points their overall balance of play deserved.
Mepham on up
Chris Mepham made his first appearance in the Championship, replacing Andreas Bjelland at half-time due to the Dane's tight hamstring.
And he produced an assured performance at centre back, putting his difficult first start against Norwich behind him.
There are still areas where he needs to improve his game but there are a lot of positives to take from his performance against the Rams.
The biggest positive is his ability to learn from his mistakes. None of the slips he made against Norwich were repeated against Derby and there were moments where the Rams could have nipped in to kill the game off but Mepham stood tall and dealt with it.
Character in abundance
With the exception of the Carabao Cup game against Norwich and moments in the second half at Ipswich, Brentford have pushed right until the end.
There have been suggestions in those moments that Dean Smith had lost the dressing room.
Well, it's clear to see that that is complete and utter nonsense. The players are behind him and performances have been there.
A consistent run of wins will come and the Bees are more likely to be closer to the play-off places than the relegation zone come May.