Brentford boss Thomas Frank rued the fine margins which he feels are currently going against his side after they missed the opportunity to put further pressure on the Championship top two.

The Bees took an early lead against Nottingham Forest through Ivan Toney’s penalty but missed chances to extend their advantage and were made to pay when Filip Krovinovic equalised just after the hour mark.

Saman Ghoddos and Tariqe Fosu came close late on but despite frustrations with the result, Frank had no complaints about the performance.

“In many aspects, it was spotless,” he said. “We created several big chances and should have been more than 1-0 up after the first half.

“In the second half, we learned from the last game (against Derby). We came out more aggressive and created huge counter-attacking chances and opportunities.

“They equalised from their only shot on target in the game. We needed to do better in the small details but the second ball dropped perfectly for them.

“It’s a good example of where we are – the fine margins are not dropping to us.

“We showed a very good mentality, we kept going forward to try and produce a chance. We made a couple of big chances but just couldn’t take them.

“If we played this game nine more times, we’d win it nine times. Some of those chances will go in the back of the net next time we are in those positions.”

Saturday’s game was the second time Brentford let a lead slip against mid-table opposition in the space of five days, having thrown away a 2-0 advantage in the draw at Derby in midweek.

In all, the Bees have dropped 18 points from winning positions this season – a tally which could end up seeing the club forced to settle for a second successive play-off berth instead of automatic promotion.

It remains all to play for in the race to the Premier League – Brentford are seven points behind second-placed Watford with a game in hand – and Frank believes the upcoming international break represents a good opportunity for his side to recharge the batteries.

“We can’t do anything else apart from focus on the next game,” he said.

“We wish good luck to all the international boys who are going away, we are proud they are representing their countries.

“We will regroup – some need to train hard, some need to rest – and then we’ll be ready for the final run-in. It’s important for everyone to refresh mentally.”