Frank calls for Bees response

23 July 2020 22:42:37 GMTPlus10

Brentford manager Thomas Frank says his players must now lift themselves for the Championship playoffs after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The Bees put themselves in pole position to finish second in the Championship with eight straight wins but back-to-back losses in their final two games against Stoke and Barnsley handed West Brom promotion.

Right now everything is tough but this is football and this is life.

Thomas Frank

Brentford finished third, with just goal difference separating them and Fulham in fourth, and Frank says they can't dwell on their mistakes and must now focus on the two-legged semi-final tie with Swansea.

The Bees will be hoping to move into their new stadium near Kew Bridge station this summer as a top-flight outfit but they must first navigate themselves past Swansea, who sensationally pipped Nottingham Forest to a playoff spot after a 4-1 victory over Reading.

Brentford won both regular season meetings with the Swans, winning 3-0 in Wales before following up with a 3-1 victory at Griffin Park, and they are 1.53 to earn promotion via the playoffs.

Speaking after the 2-1 defeat at home to Barnsley, Frank said: "Football is 80% suffering and 10% joy. When you have that opportunity to go direct to the Premier League, that is the emotional part of it - but Barnsley did a good job.

"Right now everything is tough but this is football and this is life. This was not straightforward."

He added: "We can't sit down and cry too long because that will never help anything. We need to go again and pick ourselves up. We will have a sleep and then be ready to fight again."

Brentford travel to Swansea for the first leg on Sunday and are 2.05 to take a lead back to Griffin Park.

The Swans are 3.80, with the draw available at 3.30.

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