Dean Smith praised Brentford captain Jake Bidwell after his man-of-the-match performance in the thrilling 2-2 draw with Fulham.
The Bees skipper made two crucial goal-saving blocks from Moussa Dembele in the final minutes of a pulsating derby game that either side could have won in the closing stages.
The Bees took the lead through Alan Judge's penalty but the home side pegged them back after James Tarkowski put the ball into his own net.
The visitors had a goal disallowed from Jota before Fulham finished strongly and Smith praised his left back for his dedication to the cause.
“He was very good today,” the head coach said. “He leads by example with how he is around the training ground and on the pitch. He wants to create other leaders in the group. It shows his maturity.”
Smith felt the two sides sharing a point was fair as both sides had approximately half the game on top.
He added: “It was an entertaining game for sure. I thought it was an even first half. We started really brightly and passed it really well and caused them problems.
“I thought the next goal would come from us but they scored against the run of play. They showed great character to come back into the game.
“We scored from a great corner from Bidwell. I felt the draw was a fair result as they finished the game stronger than we did.”
Smith is enthused by the strength in depth of the squad and felt Jota's strike, disallowed for offside, should have stood.
He added: “The pleasing thing for me was how strong the bench was. Jota and (John) Swifty made an impact. I didn't think Jota was offside and if that had stood, we'd have won the game.”