Bees closer to drop zone after defeat at Palace

Thomas Frank again called for calm after his Brentford side dropped to 15th in the Premier League table – just four points above the relegation zone – after losing 3-1 at Crystal Palace.

Star striker Ivan Toney will be available again from 20 January after a lengthy ban for breaching betting rules.

And his return cannot come soon enough for the injury-hit Bees.

Boss Frank said: “I know the quality of our squad and I know some players are coming back.

“I aknow that I need to remain calm and be in control of everything.

“That’s what we’ve done in the five years I’ve been here. It’s luckily been mostly ups and a few downs. We all come through them.”