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Thomas Talks… Ending the blip and racing the clock

Report from the post-match written press conference after Bees lose to Premier League leaders

10 February 2022

A goal in each half from Premier League leaders Manchester City was enough to hand Brentford defeat in the North West last night The Bees had defended manfully before they conceded a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half and City added a second with 20 minutes remaining to seal a 2-0 win. 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 he had to say..........

Unbelievable discipline

“We went to the Etihad and played against, in my perspective at this this moment in time, the best team in the world in the way they perform, and kept them to a minimum of chances. Our defensive structure, discipline and mindset were unbelievable.”

Being clinical

“It was two big mistakes that led to their goals The only way they scored in the first half was through a mistake and then we did the same in the second, but we did very well in all other aspects. If you want to get something out of a game like this you can’t afford those errors, but we also need to take the chances and half chances we are creating at the other end.”

So many positives

“There’s so much we can take from the City game. I think we are 100 per cent one of the teams who have kept them relatively quiet over two Premier League games, so that's something we need to remember and carry into our next game.”

Confidence to push on

“We all hate losing. That’s the mentality in the club and my body is burning now. I’m irritated that we didn’t stop the two goals – because they were both so avoidable – and go on to get a great point or maybe took one of the chances to get more, so that’s the frustrating thing.”

Consistency is everything

“Can we keep performances like this coming? Can we keep repeating the performances in game like Wolves and 60 minutes against Manchester United? If we can, then I’m convinced we'll be fine.”

Returning quality

“Finally, we are close to getting all our players available and fit and that's a big thing for all teams and especially us. I think we only had that for the first eight games of the season and that was without Josh Dasilva. So I think there's quite a few positive things around the Club right now.”

Ending the blip

“We need to get a point or a win to stop this run. But if we keep putting these types of performances in, I’m convinced it will turn around. We played against Villa, won 2-1 and everything is fantastic, but we didn’t actually perform that well. In that game, we were solid, so if we keep doing that then it will turn around, especially with our best players coming back and staying fit.”

Eriksen expectation

“We are taking it day by day by day with Christian. He trained twice on Monday and Tuesday and is training again today (Thursday) and tomorrow. Then we'll assess how he looks.”

Racing against the clock

“We found out late on Monday afternoon that Ivan Toney would be a big doubt for the City game (with a calf injury) but fingers crossed he’ll be ready for Saturday. It will be a race against time but we’re hoping he’ll be okay for the Palace game.”

Trying new strikers

“We knew we were good against City last time and I think we were good again defensively, but I also wanted to find the two that could play as striker. Both Saman and Sergi have played that role before so it was most likely the two players that could play there and I think they did a did a good job.”

Planning the changes

“I knew that that Josh Dasilva and Bryan would be ready for 30 minutes so we’d already planned those substitutions before the game. Wissa had had a little bit less training so that that's why we put them on nearer the end.”

Timing is everything

“Just when we were about to send Wissa on to be a little more offensive, we made that big mistake. It was a shame because when you look back there were four or five times where both Bryan and Wissa ran in behind in the last 20 minutes, where if it was still 1-0  you never know… a good pass could have led to a goal.”

Cutting the supply

“We asked Sergi and Saman to cut out the passes into Rodri because when it came to the right side, especially De Bruyne’s side, we knew that a set back would give a cross. We also wanted to double up on Mahrez so the striker on that side needed to get out closer so he couldn’t make the cross because he’s got the most quality of all of them.”

Investing in players

“The medical staff did a top job to get David Raya back sooner than we expected. We are investing in him and in the team, and at City I thought he was very good on set pieces. He also made some great saves, so I think he's building. He made one big mistake and was involved in the second goal at Everton, so now we’ve finished investing and just need a top performance on Saturday and a clean sheet. Easy huh?”


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