Brentford forward Ollie Watkins was gutted by the Bees’ 4-1 away defeat against Swansea City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

A promising first-half gave the Bees a 1-0 lead at the break – but a collapse in the second 45 minutes saw Thomas Frank’s side ship four goals.

Ezri Konsa’s red card at 2-1 contributed to the visitors’ downfall, with the west Londoners unable to put together any coherent attacks after they went down to 10 men.

And Watkin admits the hosts were more clinical with their chances at the Liberty Stadium, ultimately making the difference in the contest. 

“They passed the ball well when we had 11 on the pitch so going a man down made it even tougher,” he said.

“As comfortable as were going into the changing room at half-time, we had it all under control and hoping to push for a second to see the game out.

“We started a bit sloppy [in the second half] and they punished us for our mistakes.

“They had four or five chances, the same us as, they tucked them away and we didn’t – that’s what it came down to on the day.

“They passed the ball well when we had 11 on the pitch so going a man down made it even tougher. To be a goal down as well was asking a lot for us to come back.”

Watkins, 23, hopes The Bees' run in the FA Cup will help to springboard their season in the Championship, where they sit 16th ahead of a trip to Hull City this weekend.

And there was reason for the striker to be optimistic going into their league game, as he grabbed his 11th goal of the season against Swansea.

“It was a good counter attack,” Watkins said. “We work on that a lot in training so its nice its been put on to the field in a match. It’s a shame it could not be any help to the team today.

“We have got to go again now. We have had a great cup run, it’s a shame it has come to an end but hopefully we can carry on our good form in the league to get a win at Hull.”