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Brentford star feels it was two points dropped at Middlesbrough and admits regrets over equaliser

The Bees led twice at the Riverside Stadium through Yoann Barbet and Watkins but were pegged back by Martin Braithwaite and Fabio

Brentford star Ollie Watkins felt that it was two points dropped at Middlesbrough and he regretted his decision not to take a yellow card for the team in the run up to Boro's second equaliser.

The Bees led twice at the Riverside Stadium through Yoann Barbet and Watkins but were pegged back by Martin Braithwaite and Fabio.

And, in the run up to the second goal, Jonny Howson was allowed to run half the pitch to put the ball in the box with Watkins admitting he should have been cynical and taken him out.

He said: “I felt I should have brought the man down (Howson) by the edge of the box and picked up a yellow card, taken one for the team and just broken up the play.

“We allowed him to run a long way and he got past me far too easily, I should have just brought him down and taken a yellow for the team, make a professional foul but that's the way it goes.

Ollie Watkins scores(Image: Getty Images Europe)

"I've made a bit of a half hearted challenge, neither here nor there. He did a lot after that but I could have just wiped him out and taken his legs down and from there I don't think they'd score. I don't know why I didn't.”

Many Brentford fans going into the game would have been delighted with a point, given the fact that the centre halves that started the season were both absent through injury while Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe were also on the sidelines.

But, for Watkins, the end result felt like two points dropped rather than a point gained.

He added: "It's definitely two points lost rather than one gained. We went one up and dominated the first half and then scored our second just after they equalised.

“Then we've lost out in the end because we switched off for a second and were punished. That's what the Championship can do for you.

Ollie Watkins(Image: Paul Burgman/Press-Photos.com)

"We didn't want to settle for a point before the game, when you look back at the match a couple of penalty decisions went against us and we were in the lead twice. We got unlucky with a few shouts.”

Watkins also feels that he needs to give more, even though he is an early frontrunner for player of the season.

He explained: "I suppose it was quite a day for me but I don't think I had one of my best games from the club. I still brought something to the team with a goal and an assist.

“You can't play well every game. That's five goals this season. I feel I always get into the right position and I'm really enjoying it here with a great bunch of lads and I've settled in really well.

"I know I'm going to be enjoying it even more when we pick up a few more wins. I try not to make my highs too high or my lows too low."

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