UWE Rosler hailed skipper Kevin O'Connor after his penalty earned Brentford a 1-1 draw in their play-off semi-final first leg at Swindon.
The Bees stalwart stepped up to slot home a stoppage-time spot-kick to cancel Massimo Luongo's opener and leave the tie on a knife-edge heading into Monday's game at Griffin Park.
"Kevin is excellent," said Rosler. "He had not played for a long time but stepped up to the plate.
“It was a difficult situation for him as he was not playing many matches, but in all the games he looks very solid and does a great job.
"Obviously, in the end, he used all his experience and skills to convert the penalty and I'm very happy for him."
Brentford's late fightback has dealt a psychological blow to the Robins, who dominated for long spells at the County Ground.
But Rosler believes the semi-final is still evenly poised, despite having home advantage.
He added: "The tie is wide open and I said before the game, we must make sure it was.
"To get a draw after all the circumstances of last week was a very good result.
"It was a difficult game with not much between the two teams. In the first half they pushed us back but we had the best chance.
"After seeing our games this season against Swindon, every time we've played them in a 4-4-2 and we've played well, that was the main reason we started that way, to match them up."
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