Frank praises players after Brentford’s derby win

Thomas Frank hailed his Brentford players for earning a hard-fought three points after they emerged with a 2-1 west London derby win over QPR.

The Bees held out to take the spoils in a keenly-contested affair, thanks to goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney.

QPR’s eventual frustration was encapsulated by a late red card for Todd Kane, with Brentford seeing out the game to sit in fourth place in the Championship.

It was Toney’s 12th goal of the campaign – and Brentford now go to Rotherham United in midweek with confidence, before hosting Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

“I think it was a difficult match,” admitted head coach Frank. “I can’t imagine how it would have been with 17,000 there – it was intense out there.

“We got one of those wins that was tight but we deserved it. We didn’t hit the highest levels but we showed unbelievable attitude and hard work.

“When you play every third or fourth day you will get games like this. We gave nothing away in the second half.

“QPR did well today and made it difficult for us. QPR on their day is one of the top sides in the division, and it was an interesting battle between Rico Henry against Bright Osayi-Samuel.”

Frank also made light of counterpart Mark Warburton’s comments that QPR were hard done by in relation to Kane’s late sending-off.

Warburton suggested that the referee had been influenced by shouts from the Brentford camp.

“If that’s the case I will start shouting louder,” Frank joked.

“Mark is a great manager and has done a very good job for QPR. I think that hopefully the referee took the right decision on reflection.”