HARLEE Dean insists Brentford won't give up on their fight for automatic promotion.
Saturday's draw at Coventry leaves the Bees five points off the pace, although they do have two games in hand on second-placed Bournemouth.
Boss Uwe Rosler admits they must beat Crewe on Wednesday night to stand any chance of avoiding the lottery of the play-offs.
And Dean insists they won't give up the race for a top-two finish until it's mathematically impossible.
“It's still in our hands,” said the defender after the 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena.
“I think Bournemouth will go and get maximum points from the next three but if we win our next five we'll be there.
“It's a must-win on Wednesday, nothing less will do if we're to go straight up.”
Dean donned a Terry Butcher-style headband after an aerial clash late in the second half, but played through the pain barrier to help earn a point.
He added: “I got a bang on the head but I'm fine now.
“I had to have my ear glued but they couldn't stop the bleeding so the fourth official made me put the bandage on.
“It's part and parcel of the game, especially in my position. You can't let things like that bother you.”
Dean was penalised for a push on Richard Wood for Coventry's opener before Harry Forrester hit back after the break.
And the centre-back protested his innocence afterwards.
“I think the ref's made a mistake,” he added.
“We were both jostling for the ball but the ref gave a pen. I do that every single game. Sometimes they get given but we reacted well.”
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