Thomas Frank says Brentford losing Championship play-off semi-final shootout with Bournemouth would be like getting a ‘pair of socks’ at Christmas… as Bees look to overturn first-leg defeat to reach Wembley again
- Brentford host Bournemouth in their play-off semi-final second leg on Saturday
- Thomas Frank’s team must overturn the 1-0 deficit to reach Wembley once again
- Bees boss Frank says losing would be like getting a pair of socks for Christmas
Thomas Frank has compared Saturday’s play-off showdown against Bournemouth to Christmas Eve – and the Brentford boss hopes his players will unwrap more than a pair of socks from under the tree.
The Bees are looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit as they bid to reach a second successive Championship play-off final.
‘It is exactly like Christmas Eve – the big presents are just in front of you. But the thing is, we don’t know what we’re going to get,’ said Frank.
Thomas Frank is relishing Brentford’s Championship play-off second leg against Bournemouth
‘Either we’re going to have that fantastic brand new PlayStation. Or a pair of socks. Of course, we’re really hopeful it’s a PlayStation so we can use that for the final. That’s the hope.’
Brentford needed similar heroics last season, when they came from 1-0 down to beat Swansea over two legs. ‘The experience will give us calmness and belief,’ Frank said. ‘But it’s a new game with a new story.
‘We know what it’s all about and we also know that we can turn this around. This is a 50/50 game and we will come with everything and leave everything out there. We believe and hope that will be enough.’
Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma netted in the first-leg as Brentford look to overturn the deficit
One difference from last season – when Brentford waved goodbye to an empty Griffin Park – will be the 4,000-plus fans inside their new stadium.
‘We can’t wait,’ Frank said. ‘It’s going to be crucial. We’re going into a game where it will come down to the fine margins. And some of the fine margins are our fantastic fans who constantly push us forward.’
On that emotional night at Griffin Park it was French winger Bryan Mbeumo who, in broken English, delivered the speech which inspired Brentford to victory.
‘That was actually an extremely beautiful moment,’ Frank said.
Frank says he ‘can’t wait’ to step out for the crunch second leg in front of 4,000 Brentford fans
‘He had his phone on the pitch, he needed to read up what he’d been writing down, it was extremely emotional.’
This time round, Frank is thinking laterally about his own final words and how to motivate his side.
‘We can compare it to a lot of European nights, the double-legged games where the second one is completely different,’ he said. ‘And that is because of the occasion.’
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