Frank ‘not worried’ after Brentford draw
Thomas Frank insisted he was not concerned about Brentford’s mini-scoring drought after they dropped two more points in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
The Bees are far and away the top scorers in the Championship, with 65 goals – the only side to have found the net more than 60 times – but they have only scored one goal in open play in the past four games, as well as three Ivan Toney penalties.
“I am not worried about that,” the Bees boss said. “I think the way we are playing is very promising, and the big thing is to get on the end of the chances and then naturally we will score some.”
Frank said he was pleased with the Bees’ display, despite the result – the second time they have squandered a lead in five days, following the 2-2 draw at Derby on Tuesday.
“I think if you look at the 90 minutes, that was more or less a spotless performance – a very good performance,” he said.
“If you look at the numbers, and how big the chances were, this should easily have been a 3-0 win – or if you want to give Nottingham their goal 4-1.
“That is what we take away from this game – we continued from where we left off at Derby.
“We were completely on top in the first half, created chances and gave more or less nothing away, apart from the header in injury-time.
“In the second half, we had learned from the Derby game, came out strong, wanted to keep playing and pressing forward. We created the chances we needed to kill the game to 2-0, but then they equalised with their one shot on target.
“We need to do better with some small bits defensively there, but it was a good example of the ball dropped for them perfectly there, whereas the one where Vitaly hit the bar, the ball dropped to Henrik quicker, but hit his foot.
“It’s very important to look at this performance and if we take this forward we will be fine.”
Brentford now have a couple of weeks’ rest because of the international break, with their next game at lunchtime on Easter Saturday at Huddersfield.
Asked if he thought the Bees could still win automatic promotion this season, Frank said: “We are sending our best wishes to the international players and hope they come back in one piece. We will regroup, train hard and have rest for the others and then get ready for the run-in.
“We will take that one game at a time, and there will be lots of twists and turns before the end of the season. We can only do what we can focus on and that is the next one against Huddersfield.
“Let us get a little bit closer to the end of the season and then we can see where we are.”