Silk and steel: how Thomas Frank gave Brentford reason to dream big | Ben Fisher

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The Bees struggled early on in the Dane’s reign but this modest club now stand one game away from the Premier League

It was long after the final whistle at Griffin Park on Wednesday, and a little before David Raya and Sergi Canós carved up the goal net to take a patch as a souvenir from the stadium’s last competitive game. The Brentford owner, Matthew Benham, was taking penalties at the Ealing Road end, trying to replicate Marcello Trotta’s infamous stoppage-time miss against Doncaster, when the striker smacked the crossbar before James Coppinger tapped in at the other end to extinguish any hope of automatic promotion from League One. Seven years on, the magnitude of the prize at stake is incomparable.

Thomas Frank has been told that wheeling out his whiteboard to talk tactics during drinks breaks is forbidden but that is unlikely to throw Brentford off course at Wembley.

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Written by Ben Fisher
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