Manager Mark Warburton is confident his Brentford side can rescue their Wembley dream by winning at Middlesbrough next Friday – as they have proved their worth on the road already this season.
Following last night's 2-1 defeat to Boro in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi finals at Griffin Park, Warburton's men have no choice but to win at the Riverside in the second leg if they are to keep alive their hopes of Premier League football.
It might sound like a tall order against a side who have only lost three home league games all season – two of those coming in August when Boro were still finding their feet under new boss Aitor Karanka.
But the Bees have proved their mettle on the road by winning 11 away games in the league this season, and as Warburton points out, some of these have come against some of the biggest names in the Championship.
He said: “There's no negativity as there is still lots to play for. We're 2-1 down at half time, it's as simple as that, and all it is is a one-goal advantage for them as away goals don't count.
“We have to go up there and win, but it wouldn't have been any different for us whatever the result tonight. We have already gone to the likes of Forest, Cardiff, Norwich, and Blackburn this season and got results.”
The irony was not lost on Warburton that the side most responsible for there being six minutes of injury time – with a cynical Middlesbrough side picking up six bookings – benefited from it most with a last-gasp winner.
He added: “It's sod's law, but you have to deal with it. It was a bit niggly, with lots of fouls and yellow cards. We were doing our best to move the ball and they were trying to stifle us.
“It was frustrating, but it's about adjusting to the conditions. The second half was better, and we created a lot of chances. The crowd were magnificent all night and there is all to play for next week.”