Thomas Frank vows to carry players off the pitch as Brentford go all-out to overturn play-off deficit
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has issued a rallying cry to his players ahead of tomorrow night’s “defining” play-off clash with Swansea, and vowed to carry them off the field at full-time if they are too tired to walk.
The Bees must overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit if they are to keep their promotion dream alive and reach next week’s final at Wembley.
Regardless of the result, the game will be the last at Griffin Park, with Brentford leaving their home of 116 years at the end of the season to move to a new home at Lionel Road.
“We need to remember, all of us, there are important games and then there are a little bit more important games,” Frank said. “This is one of these defining games and moments. We are not nervous, we know we need to attack.
“When I speak to the players and when I speak to the staff, we are so ready to go out and play and we will come flying.
“We will do everything we can to make it a last magical moment at Griffin Park that can stay with the fans forever and I can promise them that when we were done tomorrow night, I personally will carry my players off the pitch if they can’t do that themselves.”
Meanwhile, Frank has once again been forced to defend his use of a portable tactics board during mid-game drinks breaks.
The Dane was criticised for the ploy after his side produced a late comeback to beat Charlton in the Championship earlier this month, and was asked to ditch it by the fourth official during the first leg at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
“I think it’s a good opportunity,” Frank added. “You have 30 seconds to speak to them so it’s actually just a visual tool you’re using.
“I got told by the fourth official that it was only a drinks break but my question is do they think we’re just saying: ‘Hello, are you okay? Do you want something to drink?’.
“All coaches are putting some points across and because you are using a visual tool what’s the difference? I don’t get it, but anyway, I’ll use it again.”