Head coach Thomas Frank said that Brentford's 2-0 victory over Bournemouth is a 'defining win'.

The result lifts the Bees to eighth in the table and means we are now unbeaten in the Premier League since 24 October.

Frank was delighted to get the three points after another great performance at the Gtech Community Stadium.

“I’m very happy with the win," he said.

"I think it was a clear win against a difficult opponent. I know they've not been on the best run, but every game in the Premier League is so, so difficult.

“I think we defended well throughout the game, we tried to play where we could, we were good playing in behind them, but also getting it out to the sides and producing crosses. 

“So we were very pleased with that. I think we gave everything in the running and in the duels, which is also important.” 

He added: “This was a defining win for us, I think. After some wins against the big sides, we needed to prove it against some even sides.

“Us and Bournemouth are same-sized clubs, the same budget and so on. We needed to do that, and now we go away to Elland Road. It’s another big challenge.” 

With no Rico Henry, who was out with a minor calf strain, Vitaly Janelt and Kristoffer Ajer deputised at full-back.

And the Bees boss was extremely pleased with how the duo did against the Cherries on Saturday evening.

Frank said: “I think they did very well, I think they played the gameplan very well. They could open up and play the good passes on the side so we could get out. 

“Especially Vitaly, I would like to praise him for that machinery. He’s played outside centre-back, full-back, wing-back, 6, 8 - he just needs to get in goal and be a striker!  

“It’s so, so important that players are flexible and Vitaly just said, ‘Yes, no problem, I'll solve the task.’ It’s a pleasure to work with him.” 

Frank was also keen to praise Mathias Jensen, who scored the Bees' second goal.

The Dane doubled Brentford's lead with a fantastic finish from the edge of the box, and his boss has been thrilled with his performances throughout this campaign.

“Midfielders need to score goals. For Mathias, he's getting up there. What a season he's had for us," Frank stated.

“After a disruptive season last season, I think, overall, he's been our best midfielder this season. 

“I’m so pleased for his performances and, after a little bit of a slow start after the break because of some illness - and he came back having not played that many minutes with the national team - now he's up to pace and you could clearly see that today.”