Maxime Colin hopes the 4-2 defeat at Preston will act as a wake up call for when Brentford face Reading on Tuesday night.
The Bees had beaten the Lilywhites 5-0 in the reverse fixture at Griffin Park but fell to a 4-2 loss at Deepdale.
Brentford beat Reading by four goals to one earlier this season and the return meeting at the Madejski Stadium is unlikely to be a repeat of that.
Colin said: “I hope this will wake us up for the Reading game. It'll be tough for us but the Championship is like this. We need to find the best way.”
Brentford have been poor away from home this season and Colin was as baffled as anyone by their collapse in the north west on Saturday.
He explained: “I don't know the reasons. It's difficult to say. We are a young team. I expect us to learn to be quicker and now it's almost the end of the season and we're making the same mistakes at the beginning of the season.
“It's taking time for us to learn from our mistakes. We need to be more consistent. We feel like we had control of the game so think it will be easy but then we are all punished.
“We need to finish the occasion by a goal. If you don't finish the occasion then you can be punished on the counter. It's disappointing.”
Colin did score at Preston but admitted it didn't mean all that much to him in a 4-2 defeat and he hopes to have a similar feeling to when he scored against the Royals earlier this season.
“When you lose 4-2 it doesn't mean a lot. If it brought us points it'd be better for me. It's still a goal so I'm always happy but it doesn't mean much when you lose.
“The first goal I scored against Reading got us three points so I hope I can do the same Tuesday.”