Frank keen to forget Brentford slip

19 July 2020 02:34:35 GMTPlus10

Thomas Frank was in a philosophical mood after his Brentford side blew a golden opportunity to take a massive step towards the Premier League after losing 1-0 at Stoke to hand the promotion initiative back to West Brom.

A win for Brentford at the bet365 Stadium would have seen their promotion destiny in their own hands heading into Wednesday's final round of fixtures, but Lee Gregory's first-half strike means the Bees need a favour from elsewhere on the last night of action.

Brentford had been the form team in the Championship following an eight-match winning streak but they were unable to extend that and missed out even on a precious point which would have seen them move up to second.

The result meant Leeds were crowned Championship title winners and West Brom will be mightily relieved as they were not made to pay for Friday's surprise reverse at the hands of Huddersfield.

A win for West Brom against QPR at the Hawthorns will see them promoted and Brentford will have to hope for a Rangers victory as well as Frank's men doing the business at home to Barnsley.

Fulham, who beat Sheffield Wednesday 5-3, are also in the mix and if Albion and Brentford slip up they could take advantage with victory at Wigan.

Despite the setback, Frank was in decent spirits and told Sky Sports: "It was a difficult game to play against Stoke. After we conceded it was difficult to break them down.

"But we have to move on to the next one. We need to focus on ourselves."

West Brom are 1.22 to finish in the top two of the Championship, Brentford are 4.50 and Fulham are 51.00.

The Bees are 1.36 to beat Barnsley on Wednesday, with Tykes 7.00 and the draw 5.50.

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