Bees keen to ‘make history’ with cup run, says Frank

Brentford want to “make history” and go as far as they can in the FA Cup this season, says head coach Thomas Frank.

After the Bees beat Oxford 1-0 at Griffin Park to progress to the fourth round, Frank is hoping for a good draw and another home game.

He said: “It was very pleasing (to go through). It’s what it’s all about at this stage.

“All of us working here at Brentford want to make history. One of the things you can change is to have a good cup run – and maybe the longest one. You never know.

“These days if you take a top-six side from the Premier League, it’s very difficult, but everything else is possible. Let’s hope for a good draw here at Griffin Park again.”

Frank rested key players such as Romaine Sawyers, Henrik Dalsgaard and Daniel Bentley against the League One U’s – and he had hoped to keep Neal Maupay on the bench before he was needed to come on and score an 80th-minute winner.

“I can only praise Oxford. They made it very hard for us and played a bit of football, which we expected,” Frank said.

“We need to be better at counter-attacking opportunities; to make the chances bigger and score. Said (Benrahma), Sergi (Canos), Ollie (Watkins), (Alan) Judge need to add goals. We need it from the midfielders and wing-backs too.

“I am sure that will come but we need to rely on other players other than Neal.”