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Thomas Talks… winning or learning and being brave

Report from the post-match written press conference after Tottenham reverse

3 December 2021

Brentford were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in London derby last night. The Bees fell behind when the ball cannoned in, unfortunately, off Sergi Canós and Tottenham sealed it with a second half goal from Heung-min Son. After the game, Thomas Frank spoke to the written press via a video call. Jim Levack, who has covered Brentford for many years for Press Association, among others, reports on what Thomas had to say..........

Finding quality

“In many ways I was quite satisfied with the performance. We were brave and I thought we tried to create and build on the ball. In the first half we didn't play enough forward. We had the ball quite a lot in our own half but didn't create enough in theirs.

"In the second half on the ball I was very pleased, but we lacked that final top quality to create a lot of big chances.”

Not overawed

“In general we were very brave off the ball, with a lot of very aggressive high pressure throughout the game, and I was very pleased that we were brave enough to do that at this stadium against this side. The times where we actually won the ball in some good areas, we didn't capitalise on those situations.”

Set piece review

“We lost fair and square to the better team on the day, but despite that we were brave and put a lot of effort in… but if you want to win a game like this, then you can never ever concede a set piece goal. I know we were a little bit unfortunate in that Pontus headed into the back of Sergi, but we need to look back at it and see what we can learn from that.”

Staying switched on

“We got into the game in the second half and actually got a little bit on top. Then in one moment we switched off from a throw in their half, three passes, don't track the runner, bang, it’s 2-0.”

Minor adjustments

“We built and got in some good situations but just not enough where we played in behind them. I think we figured it out a little and adjusted in second half and we were much better, so I need to look back on that a little more.”

Álvaro on the rise

“In the first half if we hadn’t conceded the set piece, the only chance they had was the one from Lucas Moura and Álvaro made a good save, but to be fair I expect him to save that from a narrow angle. I think the bigger save he had was against Harry Kane in the beginning of second half. That kept us in the game, so Álvaro is growing and that's very important.”

Randomness

“We need to do better with the first goal. That was the big, big moment but it's a random game sometimes so maybe it just didn't go for us there. But the second goal was top quality from Tottenham… we switched off for half a second and it’s two.”

Wining or learning

“We always say that if we don’t win, we learn and we’ll do that from the Tottenham game. We need to recover quick tomorrow, have a short session on Saturday and then we will be ready for Leeds on Sunday.” 


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