Huddersfield Town players better stay away from horror when they select their holiday reading material - there was quite enough of it here.

Boss David Wagner said his sluggish side’s tank was empty and that the players need to hit the beach to “refresh and re-set themselves”.

But after a second heavy defeat in succession (it was 4-0 at Bristol City the Saturday before), many supporters suggested they were already on it, in mind if not body.

Unlike their hosts, Brentford looked bright and breezy as they stormed into the lead through on-loan Liverpool forward Sergi Canos in just 21 seconds and eventually sauntered to a seventh win in nine in the last of 46 league games.

David Wagner speaks about the Brentford defeat

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Town, by contrast, have won just one in eight since that oh-so-sweet 4-1 success at neighbours Leeds United in mid-March.

Their last victory on their own turf came against Reading two matches before Elland Road and despite a 50th-minute equaliser from Jamie Paterson, they suffered a 10th league defeat at the John Smith’s this season, seven of which have come under Wagner.

It was also their heaviest loss of the season and their worst in a home league game since Shrewsbury Town won by the same scoreline in a second-tier clash at Leeds Road in September 1984.

The absence through injury of 18-goal top scorer Nahki Wells didn’t help.

And while the head coach said he was happy with the performance of stand-in Rajiv van La Parra up top, the lack of back-up for the Bermudian was laid bare.

Ishmael Miller, the only other experienced out-and-out striker on the books, didn’t even make the 18 and it was confirmed post-match that he is leaving this summer.

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Now fans are hoping Wagner will bring in at least one new frontman ahead of next season.

With Joe Murphy out until October with a shoulder injury, a pair of new keepers are also on the agenda.

Wagner was forced to use two against Brentford after on-loan Jed Steer, who now returns to Aston Villa, was forced off injured on 15 minutes and replaced by Lloyd Allinson.

The 22-year-old academy product, whose contract is up in June and like Miller’s, will not be renewed, has had to be patient for a first-team debut after many appearances on the bench.

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But there was no happy ending to his time at Town as four goals flew past him, three of them in a 15-minute spell early in the second half.

To be fair, there was probably only one (from Lasse Vibe) he should have saved.

The impressive former FC Halifax Town striker Scott Hogan fired in his two with real aplomb (he has notched seven in the last four games).

And the late finish from Vibe’s fellow substitute John Swift, who is on loan from Chelsea, wasn’t too shabby either.

Just as at Bristol, Town fell apart in the second half, and the lack of chances created was a concern.

While Wagner has a point when he says his tenure to date should be judged over 30 games and not just the last two, it’s clear there is plenty of work ahead.