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"We know what we are facing and we know it is going to be tough"

Thomas Frank previews tonight's visit from Rotherham United

27 April 2021

Thomas Frank met the media on Monday to look ahead to tonight's visit from Rotherham United. The Bees boss discussed The Millers' fight to avoid the drop, how he will approach the end of the season, and where he feels his group is now that the Play-Offs have been confirmed.

Thomas on the latest team news …

None of [those who missed Saturday] are available for the squad. Winston Reid is available again which is good.

Thomas on a guaranteed Play-Off spot …

I would have preferred to have the automatics to play for right to the end of the season. We don’t but that doesn’t change our focus; we want to win tomorrow. We want to keep the momentum of our unbeaten run and build going forward. We have only played the system for four games. I think we had an almost complete performance against Bournemouth but there are still tactical issues I would like to adjust. There are plenty of things to work on but most importantly I want to win and keep momentum.

I will do everything I can to finish third because I think it means a lot. If there are players to be rested then maybe it is the game tomorrow, maybe it is not, because after that it is Saturday, Saturday, Saturday which is no problem at all. I am going strong tomorrow and we want to win.

Thomas on Rotherham United …

I expect them to come at us and press us a lot. They will be very aggressive with set pieces and second balls so it may be a scrappy game. They are extremely good at that. They have done a top job. For a club the size of Rotherham to be close to Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County is an unbelievable performance. Hopefully we have enough to win the game tomorrow. We have handled the second ball game very well this season against teams who are very physical. We know what we are facing and we know it is going to be tough.

Thomas on back-to-back top six finishes …

I think we have performed fantastically this season. Sometimes you get the results from the performances that you put in, other times you don’t get the results because it is football. I think we have done a top job with the shortest holiday between seasons, selling the two best offensive players in the league, and handling the disappointment of last season. I honestly think that only two things didn’t drop our way, the margins and some injuries. We have competed to the end for the top two; now we are in the Play-Offs and we have everything to play for. We are full of confidence going into it. In football you need to understand that you can perform everything you can and not get the results. We have done a lot of things right. Now we know where we are and we are ready to attack.

Thomas on lessons from last year …

We will be very ready for them when we go into the Play-Offs. If you look at the two Swansea City games last year, especially the first one, we had lost two on the bounce with three days turnaround and we performed away to Swansea. We lost 1-0 because we had a wrongful red card but before that we were the best side on the pitch. That showed the mentality. Then in the final it is all about the margins on the day. The only one where we were nervy was the Stoke City game, the rest were high magnitude games with everything on it but the players were ready for it. We have an experience so that, in the tough moments, hopefully we will have a little bit extra. Will that be enough, we don’t know!

Thomas on Saturday’s win …

The Bournemouth performance was one of the best of the season. First-half, 11 vs 11, we dominated, created chances and were very aggressive. We had good spells of football against another team who wanted to dominate on the ball. Second-half was very impressive with 10 vs 11. We gave very few chances away and were still there to be offensive with our 4-3-2 formation. The gamechangers coming off the bench were bang on. It made me so proud because you don’t create that culture overnight. It is many years of work that flourished in one game. One game is not enough but hopefully it tells you a lot about where we are as a club. For me those tight wins always give an extra boost and extra joy. The win meant a lot to me because in some way it was a statement. The players were pleased after. We always talk about the end goal but it is also about all the small wins during the season. It could be a perfect training, or a win, but all those bits added up give us the opportunity to reach the big end goal one day.

Thomas on Sergi Canos …

Sergi Canos deserves a lot of praise for what he’s done for the club. He recently passed his 200th game for the club which is a lot for one club in any division. What I love with Sergi is that he plays with massive passion; you can see that it means the world to him. He can drive the team with his initiative on the ball, his pressure, and that personality. I really like that.

Thomas on this weekend’s social media boycott …

I am very pleased that Brentford have really been pushing for this to be a theme across football. Football has a big responsibility to go in front and lead the way because players and clubs have so many followers. It is extremely important we send a message to the social media companies that we say no to abuse. They need to do something about it and they need to do much better.

Thomas on the return of fans …

With the fans, and our draws at home, maybe some of the frustration has come from not being there to help and push us over the line. We are looking forward to hopefully celebrating together but at least to play, run, and fight together. That is the key thing we miss.

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