Dean Smith said his Brentford side were 'quite average' despite dismantling a competitive Preston North End side 5-0 at Griffin Park.
Brentford scored four goals in the final 16 minutes, including three in the space of 196 seconds, in a frantic final quarter in west London in a result which perhaps flattered the home side.
Scott Hogan notched himself a hat-trick with captain Harlee Dean scoring a goal alongside Chris Humphrey putting through his own net.
And the head coach was after improvement, despite putting Simon Grayson's side to the sword.
Smith said: "I enjoyed the result, I enjoyed the last 15 minutes but other than that I thought we were quite average.
“I didn't think we started both half's very well at all and we looked tired. We had to grow into each half which I thought we did and we had to be patient.
"We were patient for the first goal, it was good passing movement. Scotty does what he does best.
“Great run great finish and we were probably a little bit fortunate to be up one nil at half time. But we did finish the first half quite well."
Brentford impressed during midweek as they came from behind to earn a point at Villa Park in what was an intense game.
Despite the temptation to put fresh legs into the team Smith made just the one change bringing Sullay Kaikai in for Josh Clarke in midfield and felt that may have affected his team's energy levels.
He explained: "I was torn as to whether to get some fresh legs into the team, but they'd been playing well.
“I didn't really want to change too much and you could see a few of the lads were tired and the pace was a little bit slower than we would like it to be. But I thought we grew into the game.
"I thought the second goal was the important one for us today. I thought we were able to relax a little bit after that and if gave the lads a lot of confidence to see out the win.
"I've said to the lads that we can be so much better, and I'm saying that after winning 5-0. It's not being disrespectful to Preston and I just felt that at the time we took our games and they didn't."
Hogan's hat-trick was his fourth, fifth and sixth goal of the season and has continued his hot vain of form from last season into the current campaign.
But his manager said that even from seeing him at Rochdale he knew he had the attributes to be a success.
He added: "The kids just a good player. I said last season that I'd seen him play in League Two and he looked an amazing prospect and Brentford paid money for him then.
“He's come in, suffered a few injuries but come through that and it shows tremendous strength of character to be doing what he's doing now. His movements fantastic and his finishing isn't bad is it."