Frank taking the positives from slip-ups

04 August 2020 18:06:23 GMTPlus10

Thomas Frank says his Brentford side are using their recent heartache to inspire them ahead of Tuesday's Championship play-off final against Fulham.

The Bees lost their last couple of games of the regular season to miss out on automatic promotion by two points, with West Brom joining champions Leeds in going straight up to the Premier League.

We now have an experience that we can use that could be extremely beneficial.

Thomas Frank

A 1-0 defeat to Swansea in the opening leg of their play-off semi-final led to suggestions that they had lost momentum at just the wrong time.

However, they bounced back with a 3-1 win in the final game at Griffin Park and take on west London rivals Fulham at Wembley for the chance to be in the top flight for the first time since 1947.

Brentford won both league meetings between the pair and Frank is likely to employ a similar gameplan to which saw them do the double over Scott Parker's side.

While other managers may look to try and avoid any negative thoughts prompted by their late slide, the 46-year-old says they have tried to use that disappointment as a positive learning experience ahead of their trip to Wembley.

"We now have an experience that we can use that could be extremely beneficial," Frank said in quotes from the Evening Standard. "It could be the thing that helps us in the final.

"It's all about, when you play a final or a decisive game, focus on your job or your task as a player. Focus on what you can do something about and not all the other bits, that's what we've talked a lot about."

Brentford are 2.10 to win on Tuesday, with Fulham 3.80 and the draw in 90 minutes 3.20.

The Bees are 1.53 to be promoted, with the Cottagers 2.50.

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