Harlee Dean won't be celebrating Brentford's historic draw at Aston Villa too hard – as he feels it's the sort of result Bees fans should come to expect from their side.
A late equaliser from Dean's centre back partner, John Egan, was enough to earn Brentford a first point at Villa Park in some 80 years on Wednesday night.
It was yet another impressive result against a former Premier League giant, as the Bees continue to stamp their credentials on the Championship, but Dean feels it should have been more.
He said: “How good was that? It's just a draw away to Villa. Obviously it's Aston Villa, but they're in the same league as us now. Everyone is talking about a big scalp, but they're below us in the table, and I think we could have done better.
“We should have got the win. It was a good performance, but we can do better. If you come here expecting to get beat you will, but the gaffer put us in the mindset to come looking to win, and we ended up walking away disappointed with getting a point.
“They're a good team, but you can tell the pressure of the stadium and the fans is a big deal for them. They were the home team, but we took control of their pitch and moved the ball around nicely. We could feel the fans were getting on their backs, and we used it against them.
“I think we could have won to be honest. Scott (Hogan) had a goal disallowed for offside when he was bang onside, and I had a big chance at the end which I caught too well to be honest. I struck it too sweetly. If anything, I wanted to cut back and slice it slightly. I'm disappointed, as that would been a winning goal there and then.”
Instead, it was summer signing Egan who took the headlines with his third strike of the season, following his match-winning brace against Ipswich last month.
And while Dean admits he wouldn't mind getting in on a bit of the goal-scoring action himself, he's just pleased to be part of a solid partnership which many felt unlikely at the start of the seaaon.
Most would have expected Yoann Barbet or Andreas Bjelland to partner Dean this season, but injuries let in Egan, and he shows no sign of giving up the shirt.
Dean added: “Of course I want to score goals, but we're a team, so if anyone scores we're happy. Fortunately they're falling for John at the moment and he keeps putting them away, and long may it continue.
“I think we're doing really well together. We started the season together and have deserved to keep the shirt so far. But it's the partnerships all over the pitch – the organisation of the whole team is 10 times better than it has ever been. We're solid, we just need to create and score a few more.”