Notts County 1 - Brentford 1
Bees boss Andy Scott was pleased with a good away point despite being frustrated by a Notts County penalty he believes should have never been.
It was Glenn Poole who fired Brentford in front against the run of play 10 minutes from the break.
The visitors had weathered some early pressure from County, who had gone nine games without defeat, when the goal arrived,
offering hope of much more to the away support at Meadow Lane on Monday (13).
Charlie MacDonald stole a march on the defence, defeating the offside trap down the right, before pulling a cross back for the unmarked Poole to coolly slot the ball past Russell Hoult from 15 yards on 36 minutes.
Only minutes earlier Ben Hamer launched himself at a powerful right-footed shot from Magpies winger Matt Hamshaw on the edge of the box to the keep the score sheet blank.
It was in the second half where controversy arose after Notts were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes.
Poole was adjudged to have handballed a cross from Adam Tann inside the box and Jamie Forrester buried the resulting spot-kick.
The Bees had the best later chance to nick all three points on 89 minutes when the ball again fell to Poole inside the box, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Post-match, Magpies manager Ian McParland said the penalty was 'stonewall.'
But Scott begged to differ, dismissing the penalty kick as dubious to say the least, he said it would not have been given had the game not been live on Sky.
"The referee and the assessor said it was a just decision because Glenn Poole's arm was not by his side," he said.
"But I think they are the only two people in the ground who have seen it that way."
The point catapulted the Bees into the top three but it is the second time in two that they have surrendered good leads away from home, coming off the back off the 2-2 draw with Luton Town.
They will be hoping for more at Moss Rose tomorrow, where they take on league new boys Aldershot, who are proving to be a solid home outfit.
Scott said he was happy with a point against a good side but admitted his side were not faultless.
He added: "It put us in the top three and is a positive result for us.
"We stopped playing a bit in the second half.
"We didn't get the ball down and play as well as we wanted to. I think a point is fair.
"We are highlighting the mistakes we are making but we are not getting beaten - that is a good thing.
"When we do it right we are a good side, at the moment when we are not doing it right we are working hard and still getting points."
NOTTS: Hoult, Tann, Edwards, Johnson, Clapham, Hamshaw, Butcher, Strachan, Weston, Forrester, Facey. Subs: Pilkington, Mayo, Nowland, Fairclough, Canham (for Forrester, 84).
BRENTFORD: Hamer, Wilson, Halls, Bennett, Wood, Newton, Bean, Wright, Poole, Elder, MacDonald. Subs: Brown, OÕConnor, Phillips, Ademola, Williams (for Elder, 72).
ATTENDANCE: 6,012 (223 away).
Notts County 1 - Brentford 1