Dean: Brentford can deliver repeat performance in Chelsea replay

Dean: Brentford can deliver repeat performance in Chelsea replay

Penalty: Brentford's Tom Adeyemi is felled by Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Griffin Park

Dare to dream: Man of the match Harry Forrester smashes home from the spot to put Brentford 2-1 up with 17 minutes remaining, but the Bees could not hold on

Opener: Brentford's Marcello Trotta celebrates scoring his side's first goal on Sunday

Pegged back: Chelsea midfielder Oscar scores his side's first goal in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Griffin Park

Out of jail: Chelsea captain John Terry could not hide his relief at Fernando Torres' late equaliser

Touchline battle: Blues boss Rafael Benitez and Bees chief Uwe Rosler keep a close eye on the action

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Brentford defender Harlee Dean admitted boss Uwe Rosler's men were disappointed not to have got more than a 2-2 FA Cup fourth round draw with European champions Chelsea.

The Bees came close to pulling off a huge shock when Harry Forrester gave his side a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot with 17 minutes left on the clock after Oscar had levelled Marcello Trotta's first half opener.

But Fernando Torres levelled matters in the 83rd minute and the Bees held on to land a trip to Stamford Bridge next month to play for a fifth round clash at Middlesborough.

And Dean insisted there was no reason why League One Brentford could not upset the footballing apple cart again.

"We were a little bit disappointed we didn't win, but at the end of the day they are a top team and we done ourselves proud," he said.

"I've never played at Stamford Bridge before - I don't think any of the lads have. It will be great to go there and soak up another great atmosphere.

"I'm glad we showed what sort of football we can play.  We didn't give them all the respect. We're a  good footballing team and we did well.

"We can repeat this performance. We'll go there. It will be tough because of all there fans, but we'll enjoy the experience."

Dean almost cost Brentford their lucrative trip to the Premier League giants when a Juan Mata cross struck him on the hand from close range in the final minutes of Sunday's clash.

The referee waved away Chelsea's protests, leaving boss Rosler to concede the footballing gods had smiled on his side.

"It hit me clean on the hand, but I think the referee gave me the benefit of the doubt and that he (Juan Mata) was too close to me," said Dean.

"Mata said to me it was handball and I said I'm not going to lie about that. It is just one of them things.

"Sometimes you have bit of luck with you and sometimes you have a bit go against you. We had a bit of luck."

The game attracted 12,146 fans - Brentford's highest home attendance for 30 years - and Dean hailed the Griffin Park faithful for their part in the team's success.

"They spurred us on. It was a like having a 12th man. They got us going from the start and we're just glad we could repay them," he added.

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