Thomas Frank said he is looking to take the positives from a late defeat to Fulham. 

The Bees lost 3-2 at Craven Cottage and, whilst admitting that the result was painful, he was happy with the togetherness his team showed after fighting back from 2-0 down.

“It was a disappointing result but a positive performance in many ways, except from the first 20 minutes where I think Fulham were on top and won too many second balls,” he said. 

“After that, I think we were fighting our way back into the game and, in this league, no matter if you’re 2-0 up, 2-0 down or it's all square, you need to have a great attitude, show unbelievable togetherness, work so hard and then, importantly, stick to the game plan. The players did that. 

"We then changed it, we actually went more offensive in the second half, it gave us a well-deserved comeback to 2-2. 

“And then, unfortunately, we couldn't either score the winner or avoid them scoring. 

“I take the positives away from this game, in terms of coming back again - the second time in three games - which is quite remarkable in a very difficult derby against Fulham. 

“I'm pleased with a lot of stuff, it's just so painful not to get anything.” 

The Bees travel to Colchester United on Tuesday for a Carabao Cup clash at the JobServe Community Stadium.

And Thomas said that it's important his team don't dwell on the defeat for too long with another busy week ahead, which culminates with Everton visiting the Gtech Community Stadium next Saturday.

He added: "It’s all about the 24-hour rule. It's the same after a win - we celebrated for 24 hours after a great win against Man United.

"Today, it's painful, but feel it for a maximum of 24 hours and then move on again because we’re onto the next one.

"We want to win against Colchester and progress to the next round."