Brentford boss Thomas Frank refuses to blame goalkeeper David Raya and hails ‘brilliance’ of Joe Bryan as he congratulates Fulham after narrow play-off defeat… and vows to ‘come back even stronger’ next season
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has vowed his team will return even stronger next season, after they failed at the final hurdle in the Championship playoff final.
‘There’s been some good examples in the past with teams coming back even stronger,’ said Frank to Sky Sports after the game. ‘With this club, I’m 100% sure we are coming back even stronger.’
Thomas Frank says Brentford will come back even better next season in the Championship
Fulham won the Championship playoff final 2-1 after extra-time to earn top flight promotion
The match was finely poised at full time, with both teams apparently cancelling each other out.
It took a moment of quick thinking, combined with good scouting, for Fulham’s newest hero Joe Bryan to curl a free-kick in at the near post with goalkeeper David Raya off his line.
Bryan revealed that he and boss Scott Parker had been discussing this exact tactic right before the free-kick was taken.
Joe Bryan was Fulham’s hero at Wembley, scoring two excellent goals to get them the win
‘I will never blame David for anything, he’s been a fantastic keeper for us throughout the season,’ said Frank, despite his apparent error.
The full-back was back in the action for the second goal as well, latching onto a one-two from Aleksandar Mitrovic to score his second.
‘A bit of brilliance from Bryan, and that was the difference between two good teams,’ admitted Frank.
Brentford did get one back just before the whistle blew, but there wasn’t enough time to mount a quick comeback.
‘It’s tough to take, we’ve had a top season in many ways,’ said Frank. ‘We managed to score the most goals and concede the second least. But in football it’s fine margins.’
Frank has highlighted the positives of a good season, despite the bitter final defeat
Despite the bitter defeat, Frank is trying to help his players and the Brentford fans see that it was still a very good season for the Bees.
‘We played some of the most attractive football in this division. We need to remember what an achievement from Brentford. We all would’ve loved that fairy tale, but the fact is we competed with much bigger clubs on a smaller budget.’
The question now will be whether Brentford will be able to hold onto their excellent front three. Frank was cagey about the subject, but said that ‘when we started next season we will have a very strong side out there again.’