Brentford boss Dean Smith paid tribute to resolute Wigan after they shut out his free-scoring Bees.

The Latics cleared two Bees efforts off the line in a game the Londoners dominated but which finished 0-0.

Smith said: "Wigan are a good side, they won League One comfortably and have some good players so you have to be at your best."

John Egan went closest to breaking the deadlock against the well-drilled visitors' defence when his header was kept from crossing the line, in a game where neither side created many clear-cut chances.

Brentford had posted big wins in their previous two home games, with a 5-0 victory over Preston followed by a 4-1 success against Reading.

Smith said: "Maybe after our last two games people expected us to go and beat Wigan with ease, but our set-pieces weren't as good as they have been and you have to give them credit because they defended well.

"The fact that we are disappointed with a 0-0 and didn't create as many clear-cut chances as we did on Tuesday (against Reading) is a good thing. It's also another clean sheet and we were the better side."

Smith insisted Wigan, whose draw at Griffin Park was their first away point of the season, would go on to cause other sides in the Sky Bet Championship problems on the road.

"They defended manfully and you have to do that to get a result against us, but we're pleased with a good return from our last six games and now we'll have a rest and prepare for some big games in the next seven," Smith said.

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell wants his players to "attack the league" after picking up their first away point of the season.

He believes they have emerged stronger from a shaky start to their first campaign back in the second tier, and have turned a corner.

"We have a bit of momentum now and could have done with another game rather than the international break. We always look upwards and we want to progress as a club," Caldwell said.

"Results-wise the start wasn't good enough but we have come out of that and have emerged stronger as a group, and you could see that today."

He added: "I've never doubted myself or my players and they took the hits on the chin and have come through it. It's been a case of getting used to the Championship and having a bit of luck. We are now a stronger group to go and attack this league."

Caldwell might have been ruing the decision to use his substitutes so late in the game after their appearance gave his side more of a cutting edge late on, with Adam Le Fondre, Nick Powell and Yanic Wildschut coming off the bench.

But he said: "It was probably a fair result because they had most of the possession first and second half. After the week we've had, beating Wolves, it was important we didn't get beaten today.

"There's no lack of character in this team and today we had to show that character because Brentford are very successful at home, so to come and get a point was a big result. We had to play well to get that."