Brentford boss Uwe Rosler was far from happy with the manner of his side's performance despite a 2-1 victory at Crawley which lifted them back into the play-off places.
First-half goals from Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson put the Bees on the way to only their second win in the last seven league games.
Crawley were reduced to 10 men after just 50 seconds when defender Mark Connolly was sent off for a professional foul, and Brentford also had Adam Forshaw dismissed for diving before Nicky Adams pulled a goal back for the home side with a stunning 30-yard drive.
Rosler said: "All credit to Crawley, but I'm disappointed at how we used the extra man and the mistakes we made. The referee was poor, but we got the three points we needed. It was difficult to understand what we delivered on the field."
Donaldson missed a perfect opportunity to give his side an early lead from the penalty spot after he had been pulled down by Connolly, but wastefully blazed the spot kick wide.
Rosler was annoyed that he took the penalty and said: "He's already missed this season and I should have overruled him from the outside. This is a case of us being happy with the three points and moving on. We must look beyond this result and do better."
Crawley manager Richie Barker was full of praise for the way his 10 men battled for so long. He said: "The players reached another level with this performance. To battle for what was nearly 100 minutes with 10 men was absolutely fantastic. There are miles more positives than negatives. Our attitude and desire were absolutely fantastic."
Barker felt Brentford defender Harlee Dean should have received a straight red card from referee Lee Collins shortly before the interval for lashing out at striker Jamie Proctor.
The Crawley boss added: "The centre-half clearly raised his arm and it was a clear sending off. Proctor went on to play superbly when you bear in mind he was on his own through the middle for 100 minutes.
"We've had three excellent performances in eight days, winning one, losing one and drawing one and we have deserved more. Unfortunately we are rapidly running out of players."