Ollie Watkins said scoring Brentford’s 87th minute winner against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s 3-2 Championship victory felt better than last week’s demolition of Hull.  

Julian Jeanvier and Bryan Mbeumo twice put the Bees in front, only for the Teesside visitors to equalise both times, first through Lewis Wing and then through Ashley Fletcher.

But a calm finish from Watkins through a crowded penalty box ensured the Bees finished the weekend fifth, two points behind second-placed Leeds United, who visit Griffin Park on Tuesday.

Watkins said: “We won 5-1 against Hull last week and it feels even better than that. Getting those last-minute winners is the best.

“It was a tricky game today, I don’t think we were at our best, but we won and that’s the main thing. We dug deep. I don’t think we would have won a game like that this time last year.”

Saturday’s goal took the club’s top scorer to 20 for the season, the Bees’ last at the stadium they have called home for 116 years before a summer move to the Brentford Community Stadium.

Watkins said: “This is the first time in my career I’ve hit that number. I’m not going to stop now, I’m going to work even harder to get even more, and hopefully bring many more goals to the team.

“It’s nice to score a goal all the time at Griffin Park, and I’m happy it was my time today to score, and most importantly we got the three points.

“We’ve got eight games left at Griffin Park and we want to make each memory special and pick up as many points as possible.”

Head coach Thomas Frank was particularly proud of the matchwinner’s work ethic.

He said: “This is another example of how much Ollie Watkins has been growing as a player and a striker. He didn’t have a chance in the game, but kept going, kept arriving in the right positions, kept pressing and stayed in the game, and then got the winner.”

Frank named an unchanged side from the team that beat Hull, and they guided the west Londoners to their first ever double over Boro in a season.

Frank said: “It was a massive win, we know that. Every game in this division is difficult, and Middlesbrough are better than the league table shows.

“I think Middlesbrough did a very good job. I think it was a difficult game throughout.

“We constantly speak about attitude, togetherness and hard work, and that’s what we did today. Scoring that late winner is a massive boost.”

Attention now turns to Tuesday’s crucial clash at home to Leeds, knowing that three points would see them eclipse the Yorkshire side in the Championship race.

Frank said: “We’re looking forward to that game. Everyone knows it’s a big game, I think it’s between two of the best footballing sides in this division. I’m just looking forward to a top game of football.”