Brentford's half-time aim wasn't to come away with a draw but to win against Sunderland, admits Bees stopper Daniel Bentley.

It started well for the hosts, with Nico Yennaris putting them ahead but in the end found themselves 3-1 down at the break.

It certainly wasn't good enough from Brentford and they knew they had to up their performance.

And they did that in the end, clawing it back to 3-3 to earn at least a point. But, they could have gone on to win it with the amount of chances produced.

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"I don't think we would have taken a point at that stage," Bentley told Get West London.

"We said at half-time we wanted to go and get a result, to still win it.

"We have done it before against different opposition and circumstances, but I felt we could have done it again.

"We dominated the second half and had a chances. Maybe if we were a bit more clinical, it could have been 4-3 or 5-3.

"We just can't put ourselves in that position with such an uphill mountain to climb."

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Lewis Grabbam of Sunderland (L) celebrates as Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley puts the ball in his own net during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

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Sunderland impressed after Brentford's opener, equalising through Lewis Grabban soon after, before a mistake from Bentley gifted them a second.

And on the stroke of half-time, Grabban added another from the penalty spot.

Sunderland had only once on the road this season, but with a number of players still in their squad from the Premier League, they were always going to be a threat.

"We knew we weren't going to take Sunderland lightly, despite their league position," added Bentley.

"I think the league table can lie a little bit at this stage of the season.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Brentford players celebrate the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Sunderland at Griffin Park on October 21, 2017 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

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"We have seen it time and time again, teams start off poorly and end up challenging for play-offs and beyond.

"So, I don't think we have gone into the game underestimating Sunderland. We knew what they were capable of and would put us under pressure.

"We let them do it, to be fair, for that spell. We knew what they could do but it was down to us to make sure we didn't give away sloppy goals."