Brentford boss Nicky Forster paid tribute to his players despite the Bees suffering a second defeat in as many games as Brighton picked up a 1-0 win.
An own goal from defender Karleigh Osborne was enough to hand the table-topping Seagulls all three points after Richard Lee did well to save an Ashley Barnes spot-kick.
Forster said: "We stood toe-to-toe with the best in the league."
He continued: "Our players are desperately disappointed, and judging by the screams and shouts from the Brighton dressing room they were delighted with the win which on the balance of play, they probably didn't deserve.
"I asked for a response after Saturday's defeat and I got it. But for the Brighton goalkeeper Sam Saunders might have had a hat-trick, and I thought we were outstanding in many areas, particularly the two young lads Adam Reed and Nathan Byrne.
"I told the referee I thought the penalty was soft and I thought there was a definite pull on Karleigh's shirt and that contributed to the own goal.
"Despite the defeat, there were many positives to take from the game and if we play like that on Saturday, we will do all right."
Visiting boss Gus Poyet was quick to admit that his side had to battle for the points in a hard-fought encounter.
He said: "I like my team to play football but sometimes you just have to grind out results and we had to do that. I thought the lads showed a lot of patience and we might have wrapped it up earlier with the penalty and their keeper making a fantastic save from Elliott Bennett.
"This is a difficult place to come so we will take the result however we get it. It was a physical game and I thought Brentford pushed us hard, but in the end we showed all the right qualities that have put us where we are in the league."
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