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🗣 "You always want to be a part of history"

Thomas Frank's previews tonight's Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

22 December 2020

Thomas Frank isn't done creating history in this season's Carabao Cup as we prepare for our first ever Quarter-Final tie tonight against Newcastle United. Having seen off three top flight sides already, Thomas is keen to add a fourth and book a place in the Semi-Finals but recognises it will be a tough ask against Steve Bruce's Magpies.

Thomas on making history

You always want to be a part of history or to write a new chapter in this beautiful club’s history. When you have the chance just in front of you, it is so important to give everything you can to take that chance. I said it to the players after training today, and after the win on Saturday, that it is on us to do everything we can to write a new chapter. We will do our best to attack the opportunity.

It is a very big opportunity for the staff members and players involved in the game tomorrow, and the fans watching. We want to do our best to do that. We are going to face a good Premier League side but we believe in our chance and will go for it. The first-half against Watford was the first time I’d really seen my team click. In the first 30 minutes against Reading that’s where we showed some of the bits, I really like the team to play.

Thomas on doing it for the fans

Like all other Londoners, Bees fans will be affected by these Tier 4 restrictions. It is about giving people a small light in the dark hopefully. It will definitely be my final motivation speech tomorrow to go out there, make the fans proud, and play for them.

Thomas on our run so far 

If we hit a high level on the day we are very difficult to beat and we have a good chance. Now we have done it three times; why shouldn’t we be able to do it the fourth time. That is said with massive respect to Newcastle who we know will do everything they can to win a big trophy. We are ready. We are confident but very humble because we know we have a tough task.

Thomas on the Magpies

We are in a good place. We have done well in the Carabao Cup and we believe that we can do something in the game but we still have to say they are favourites. I have a lot of respect for Newcastle United, they are a high quality squad with some really good players. They have some clear strengths in the way they break, and the pace they have going forward. They defend well and are difficult to break down.

Thomas on Ivan Toney

Ivan has an inner drive and determination to reach the highest possible level. There’s always a situation in all of our careers that inspires us, or irritates us, enough to ensure we work hard every single day to try to prove some people wrong. I know that Ivan has big ambitions and, of course, he would like to prove that he could play in the Premier League. His hunger for goals is immense and he is a really good player.

Thomas on the squad latest

We are all Covid clear, we just got the results back. Injury-wise Pontus Jansson will still be out but he will be available for Cardiff City. The rest will be assessed to see if some of them can make it. One thing for sure is that Christian Norgaard will be involved in the squad. I am pretty sure we will see him on the pitch; I just need to see if he is starting or coming off the bench.

Thomas on Emiliano Marcondes' future

I highly rate Emiliano Marcondes; I think he is a very good player for us. He does everything he can for the team but still has ability to create chances and goals. I hope he signs for us.

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