Brentford's win at AFC Bournemouth last month has earned Head Coach Thomas Frank an award. The League Managers Association’s panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett, Barry Fry Paul Ince and Rachel Yankey, has determined that the LMA Performance of the Week Award, in association with Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, should go to Brenford for their 1-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth on 24 April. The experienced and highly distinguished panel, who have managed a combined total of over 6,500 competitive matches in professional football between them, selected Brentford's win as the best of the week.
Ten-man Brentford completed a Sky Bet Championship double over AFC Bournemouth with a fine win on the South Coast in the award-winning match. The Bees coped with a red card given to Pontus Jansson to win the game with a Bryan Mbeumo goal. That strike came after Brentford had been reduced to ten men but sealed a deserved win to go with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth in December in West London.
The 1-0 win was fully deserved by The Bees. They had the better of a first half that had an end-to-end opening and plenty of chances throughout and when they were reduced to ten men, they still had the upper hand. The goal came inside the final quarter of an hour and Brentford never looked like relinquishing their lead, taking three points and extending their unbeaten run to nine.
The presentation of the award was delayed due to football's co-ordinated social media boycott. Thomas has received a celebratory bottle of champagne, courtesy of Tanners Wines, and an LMA Performance of the Week trophy. The full report from the match at Bournemouth can be seen here with the highlights below.