Thomas Frank has underlined the important perspective he wants to focus on following his side’s “massive” victory against Everton on Sunday.
Brentford came out of this weekend’s clash with a 1-0 victory over the Blues thanks to a first-half penalty, confidently scored by Ivan Toney.
On the other hand, it was another dismal afternoon for Rafa Benitez’s side, who were again second-best and have now made seven Premier League appearances without a win.
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The Bees have managed to reverse their own recent poor form streak thanks to their victory over Everton, and their manager was keen to congratulate his players on their performances.
Frank said in his post-match press conference: “Yes, I’m very happy with the result. Massive win, big win.
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“I think we played a very good first half, where we deserved to go ahead. In the second half Everton were a little more on the ball without hurting us.
“Of course I would have liked us to have been more on the ball, but just to put things in perspective we are a newly promoted club, playing against Everton who have invested heavily over the past three or four years.
“Their big goal is to get into the top eight in the future and play Champions League football. We win 1-0 in a tied game.
“It could have been a draw, yes, but it could also have been a winner. There have been many times this season where we could have won but only got a draw.
“We went back to the strong defensive mentality that I think we had especially in the first seven games. It was a great focus on always being aggressive, always pressing high.”
While Brentford had the best of the first half, Everton improved after the break and created half chances.
However, the visitors were unable to create a clear opportunity on goal despite a territorial advantage for most of the 45-minute period.
Frank admitted that the Blues pushed his team further than he usually would like, but he was proud of the way his players reacted to it.
He added: “I always prefer to defend higher up the pitch if possible!
“We want to press as high as possible but for some reason we have to check that out, it hasn’t been possible in the last 20 minutes or something like that.
“What I’m very happy with is that it was very difficult for Everton to create anything more in those moments. We had this low and compact block and we forced them away.
“I’m very happy with the way we defended. But I’d rather we could be more aggressive forward.”