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"We really want to keep this momentum with some good performances going forward"

Thomas Frank on our visit from Watford

1 May 2021

Ahead of our final regular season home game, Thomas Frank met the press on Friday to build-up to the visit from Watford. The Bees boss assessed The Hornets, discussed momentum ahead of the Play-Offs and gave the latest team news.

Thomas on the latest team news ...

Pontus Jansson is back in and then it is the same squad. A few things are in the back of my mind but finishing third is a big focus for me and the club. The players are the most important though so, if like the last game where it made sense to rest Christian Norgaard and Marcus Forss, I will do that tomorrow. If it doesn’t make sense then we will play the players.

Thomas on momentum ...

We really want to keep this momentum with some good performances going forward. We will put a strong team out there tomorrow; I don’t believe in too many changes. I will only make changes if I have to going forward as I like to keep relationships together in a relatively new system. The more we can build on going forward the better. I also really want to finish third as I think that will be a massive statement from the Club. Finishing third two consecutive seasons means you have been very close to the top two and, most likely, it has been down to fine details why you didn’t enter the top two. I have to praise Norwich City and Watford for doing a top job this season. They have got a lot of points and will finish above the average for first and second over the past ten years. It will be massive for us to finish third and then it will be about being ready for the Play-Offs.

Thomas on intensity in training ...

I believe a lot in playing football and training at maximum intensity. Today we did 11 vs 11 tactical with a lot of stop starts but when you are training it, it is with maximum intensity because that is how we should play our games. When we are heading into the semi-final where there is a little longer spell before the first game there will be some days off to rest a bit but when we train, we train maximum. That is what I believe in and what I think keeps that crucial sharpness. Of course there is something in the freshness so if there’s someone who is carrying a niggle then I will definitely consider freshening up the player.

We use those numbers to back up what we see with our eyes. It also comes down to how robust are the players. Some players are extremely robust and can just keep playing and playing. Others keep up niggly small bits which can be irritating. You also need to know the players, understand them, and speak to them about how they are feeling. Then you use the data, add it all together, and make a good, sensible decision.  

Thomas on Ivan Toney ...

Ivan is an unbelievably ambitious player; he is not selfish at all. He has that fantastic attitude of being confident but humble. He wants the team to win but he also loves to score goals. That is why he is good at it and he sniffs the positions where the ball will drop for him. He works a lot on his positioning. He is definitely a team player and you can see that in the number of assists he has this season.

Thomas on Watford ...

I expect Watford to come with a very strong team tomorrow to try and put a marker down. Football players are funny because when they cross that white line they just want to run, fight, and win and that hasn’t changed. Will they play with that edge? Maybe not but they will play with enough to try and win the game. Maybe sometimes that extra freedom can produce something extraordinary. I expect an extremely well played game that is nice on the eye.

Thomas on this weekend's social media boycott ...

I really hope that the big social media companies understand the message the world of football wants to put out there. We know we need to do more; I don’t think that everything will instantly after this boycott. There are some people that you can’t change no matter what you do but the good thing is that there are a lot of people you can convince with good arguments, discussion, and knowledge. I still believe that we are living in a wonderful world with a lot of opportunities and fantastic people who want the best for everyone but we need to fight to keep this world a good place.

This weekend, we are joining the rest of football in a boycott of our social media channels to say that Enough is Enough and more must be done to tackle online abuse. That means the only coverage of our visit from Watford will be on iFollow Brentford. 

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