One point seemed likely to be the minimum reward for all our efforts and we looked like ending up with a potential four, or maybe even six point return from two really difficult matches against Brighton and Norwich, both sides likely to be promotion challengers.
Then the roof fell in.
An unforced defensive error, a refereeing howler and the Norwich game slipped through our hands, albeit unjustly, but such are the whims of the footballing Gods.
Brentford travelled to another one of the Championship elite in Middlesbrough on Saturday, hoping to right the ship, but returned with their tail firmly between their legs after suffering a four goal hiding that, from all accounts, could easily have been more.
This was also the first time a Mark Warburton team has lost successive matches.
So what now, and where do we go from here?
Firstly we need to put things into perspective.
Brighton, Norwich and Middlesbrough were always going to present a tough challenge, and three points out of the nine on offer, and one and a half excellent performances out of three is probably as much as any of us supporters really expected beforehand.
That being said, seven goals conceded and none scored in our last two hours of play is a worrying record to say the least.
It would be easy to write Saturday off as being simply a bad day at the office, and, indeed, maybe that is all it was.
We play a high tempo, energetic, pressing game and two full-on matches followed by a journey to the other end of he country left the squad tired and leggy and lacking their customary verve and brio.
I am sure that there will be a reaction from the players and a much improved performance next week against a revitalised Leeds United team.
This league is totally unforgiving, there really is no such thing as a easy game in the Championship, and next Saturday’s match will provide yet another stern test, and if that isn’t difficult enough, we then visit neighbours Watford for a keenly awaited local derby against yet another team aiming for promotion.
Most importantly, we have to avoid feeling sorry for ourselves at all costs.
Even though we can’t buy a decision from referees at the moment, we simply have to keep our heads up and continue playing the way that we have been doing as it has brought us sustained success for the past couple of years.
I remember Richard Lee saying in his book that if you keep losing but continue to do exactly the same thing in both matches and preparation, then you cannot expect results to change.
That certainly isn’t the case with Brentford’s situation at present.
Yes, there are many things we need to improve upon in terms of defending tighter, protecting the ball better and being more clinical in the final third, but these merely require tweaks to our current system rather than major changes.
That well-known philosopher Martin Allen would always warn players and fans alike not to pop the pills when results go badly, or conversely, glug the champagne when you are winning.
Sage advice, as it’s crucial to keep things in perspective and recognise just how narrow are the margins between success and failure.
Things can change in an instant and it won’t take much for Brentford to get back onto the winning trail.
Frankly, Saturday’s match was the first one all season where the Bees were clearly second best.
In the previous seven games either team could have come out on top as the advantage seesawed and veered dramatically as the minutes unfolded.
So what changes will Mark Warburton make for the next match?
Very few I suspect, given that the whole team seemed to have a collective off-day on Saturday.
Odubajo, Judge, Jota and Pritchard will be expected to be less profligate with the ball, stop turning it over so easily and make things happen.
A bit more defensive cover from them would also be appreciated.
There could be a return for the hard running of Stuart Dallas, and, if match fit, Betinho might well challenge for his full debut.
I can’t see a fundamental change with two strikers starting a match together although I think there will come a time when this needs to be tried out.
Teams have to defend from the front and if the ball keeps being given away by the attackers then the defence will come under continuous pressure with the likelihood of drastic results.
This is what happened at Middlesbrough and it cannot reoccur next Saturday.
Both full backs were left isolated and exposed and need midfielders to track back and provide additional cover.
I do wonder if the manager might decide to play Alan McCormack in midfield alongside Jonathan Douglas, a move that will provide us with far more bark and bite and one that looked very promising against Norwich City.
If so, who will play at right back?
Moses is surely wasted there but Nico Yennaris is currently unavailable through injury.
Jon Toral might also be a decent long shot to start as he is a tireless runner, blessed with great ability, who makes things happen.
Perhaps he is seen as the eventual Adam Forshaw replacement as we lack a real box-to-box player at present.
I wrote just before the start of the season that three into two doesn’t go, (https://bfctalk.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/three-into-two-doesnt-go-2814/)
and there is yet another decision to be made regarding the two central defenders.
His experience, calmness under pressure and leadership have never been needed more than now.
Having a left footed centre half also makes us more balanced.
This is certainly no reflection upon Harlee Dean who, as always, has given everything to the cause, but has been guilty of some rash decisions that have proved costly.
Harlee wears his heart on his sleeve and his post match interview on Saturday simply demonstrated his passion and hatred of losing.
Neither are bad things, but engaging your brain before opening your mouth is always advisable and he came close to making direct criticisms of his team mates which might not have been well received within the dressing room, and it might be expedient to take him out of the firing line for a spell.
The good news is that the squad now has a full week before the next game and can spend quality time on the training field to retrench, recover and regain their strength, shape and confidence.
It is not about licking wounds, but much more about tinkering with a few things and reminding players about their responsibilities and, indeed, what they have previously proved that they can do so well.
They have already demonstrated that they are more than good enough to compete successfully at this level, but everyone needs to be on form and on top of their game against Leeds United.
Roll on next Saturday!