From Brentford Neighborhood Stadium – 4 successive Premier League defeats Brentford? 4? That is insane.
Autumn has not been variety to the Bees. After impressing the world with a gap evening win towards Arsenal, going toe-to-toe with Liverpool to earn a 3-3 draw and beating David Moyes’ West Ham within the final minute, Thomas Frank’s facet have gone right into a tailspin.
It is a run that is slowly crept up on them, in equity. If not for Edouard Mendy turning into Doc Oc, Brentford would have drawn with or overwhelmed Chelsea. They have been hit with a James Maddison sucker punch towards Leicester. However after giving Burnley and Norwich their first wins of the season – which can develop into a pair of six-pointers – the Bees are dealing with their first actual indicators of bother as a Premier League membership.
Brentford might enter the worldwide break as little as sixteenth and now solely 4 factors above the relegation zone. And but Thomas Frank is defiant that they are going to be positive, that this can be a matter of unhealthy outcomes and never unhealthy performances.
“In fact they [the players] are irritated. There is no smiles,” he stated after the 2-1 defeat to Norwich on Saturday. “However we have been fairly constant by way of specializing in performances and doing the identical [thing], and that is why we can be positive.”
When requested if it is going to be tough for a bunch that is not used to dropping video games to select themselves up, Frank did admit that it is a new problem, however Brentford are nonetheless enjoying effectively and needn’t discover ‘one other degree’ to be able to return to profitable methods.
“This 12 months we’ll get out of this patch of 4 video games that we have now misplaced. I am not unsure of that,” he added. “However I agree with you, it is a new feeling with this group of gamers as a result of within the final three years kind of, we have not received all the pieces however we have received lots.
“I do not assume it is an issue. In the event you look towards performances, you may’t have the [opposition] goalkeeper saving the ball with their head each single time.
“The best way we carry out, the way in which the conditions we created in that side, we’re greater than positive. I do not assume we have to discover one other degree as a result of when you carry out like this then we have the extent. It is nearly ‘preserve going’, and I’ve little doubt we have now the extent.”
Accidents to key gamers in current weeks actually have not helped a squad that was pretty skinny by way of expertise to start with. Summer time signing Kristoffer Ajer might be out till the brand new 12 months, Josh Dasilva continues to be a way from returning, Zanka went off injured after 10 minutes towards Norwich. Vitaly Janelt seemed woefully unfit in Saturday’s loss too.
4 video games is a small pattern dimension, notably for a workforce that is solely ever performed 11 Premier League fixtures. That is motive sufficient not for Brentford to panic. It is a wobble, however the upcoming festive interval can be much more telling in deciding their destiny this season.
Brentford’s energy as an unknown amount at this degree can also be their weak spot – the workforce that bullied the massive boys are the identical because the one which have misplaced 4 straight – and whereas Frank is adamant that the state of affairs is underneath management, they’re about to seek out out collectively what strain within the Premier League seems to be and looks like.