Dean Smith lauded Brentford's fantastic team performance against Brighton after claiming a 2-0 win against one of the promotion favourites.
There is a case to suggest that this was the best performance of Smith's reign to date and the head coach was delighted with how Brentford coped with the pressure.
He said: “It was a fantastic team performance. The result is the icing on the cake but the performance was excellent.
“We were too loose on the ball and we won the ball back well by having a good defensive shape.
“We turned it over too quickly and had a lot of pressure. We didn't concede too many open chances bar the one before the break. Our second half performance was excellent and we created a number of really good chances.
“What's pleasing for me is we were told last season we don't beat top six teams. They finished third – we beat them today so we can put that to bed now.”
Dean led the side superbly and didn't put a foot wrong all game and aided John Egan, Callum Elder and Maxime Colin in the Brentford defence while Ryan Woods was superb sitting in front of the back four.
Smith added: “I thought, to a man, they were very good. Harlee won his headers. Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed are dangerous players at this level and he dealt with the threat with John Egan very well.
“They also had the protection of Ryan Woods in front of them. I've seen Brighton the last two games as they were playing Nottingham Forest and Rotherham and I felt if you give time and space and they have players that can hurt you.”
Hogan was the man to score the goals and Smith felt playing him slightly wider helped him break through the Albion defence.
“His performance was excellent – the runs he makes were excellent and but for execution and the timing of the pass, he'd probably have a couple more,” he explained.
“We felt they play a high line and that's because they have a lot of time on the ball and we felt we could exploit it by going over and through them.”
Romaine Sawyers produced a much-improved performance from his first month at the club, although he was guilty of missing a clear cut chance in the second half.
Smith said: “I thought it was a good performance for him today. Andreas Bjelland showed great composure when he came on at half-time.
“He found Romaine in pockets of space and allowed us to attack. He never went hiding after the miss and he became a target for us for Daniel Bentley to hit and we picked up second balls from that.”
The only negative from Brentford's win came when Callum Elder was forced off at half-time with a twisted knee.
However, Andreas Bjelland came on and produced an excellent performance to keep the dangerous Anthony Knockaert quiet.
“Callum's opened his knee joint a little bit and we'll see how he is. He'll be a doubt for Wednesday and we'll see where go from there,” Smith revealed.
“Andreas won't come up against many better players in this league but he showed what an accomplished player he is.
“He showed great tactical awareness and showed how to defend against good players.”