Thomas Frank sets new Brentford target as ‘impressive’ star helps pull off ‘biggest result of season’
A proud Thomas Frank hailed his side’s ‘best’ result after Brentford beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and is now hoping to push on up the table.
The Bees were second favourites to emerge from the local derby with three points. But they ran out 4-1 winners to put further daylight between themselves and the bottom three. The game was scoreless at half-time but Vitaly Janelt scored twice after the interval, either side of Christian Eriksen’s first Brentford goal.
Yoane Wissa rounded off the scoring last on after Antonio Rudiger has given the Blues the lead just after the resumption. It was an amazing result and not one that many people predicted prior to kick-off.
The result leaves the Bees on 33 points while Chelsea’s grip on third place is now under threat from Arsenal. Frank admitted to being in dreamland after the final whistle.
But the Dane felt his charges were good value for the points and talked up the magnitude of their achievement.
“I am still [pinching myself] a bit. I said in the pre-match press conference if we beat them it would be the biggest result of the season and we’ve gone and done it,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s maybe not a 4-1 win but it’s fully deserved. It was a top performance and I’m extremely proud. There is so much pain in football so it’s important the fans enjoy this.”
Frank in awe of compatriot
Eriksen has added some quality to the Brentford ranks since joining in January. The Denmark international has scored twice for his nation since returning to the sport following last summer’s cardiac arrest.
Frank has been impressed and was glad to see his name on the score sheet.
“The way he presents himself on and off the pitch is very impressive,” he added. “I said to him after he scored for Denmark that I hope he’s saved some goals for Brentford and he has.”
The west Londoners were favourites to go straight back down to the Championship before a ball had been kicked this term. But they are now just three points adrift of tenth-placed Aston Villa.
Frank is happy to live in the moment but would love to nudge a little further up the standings.
“We want to try and end the season as high as possible,” he continued. “We will try and enjoy this for 24 hours and go again. I will have a nice glass of red wine tonight.”
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