The Bees completed 11 points above semi-final challengers Swansea and beat them home and away during the season.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has swore the Bees are ready to “fight” their way to the Premier League after agonisingly losing out on automated promo.
The Bees swarmed all over challengers either side of the coronavirus lockdown and won 8 successive games to move within touching range of the leading flight.
However shock beats to Stoke and Barnsley squashed that dream, a minimum of for now, and sent them into a Sky Bet Championship play- off semi-final with Swansea.
“It was painful and hurt a lot on Wednesday night,” Frank stated, reviewing the 2-1 home defeat to lowly Barnsley that enabled West Brom to declare the second automated promo spot behind champions Leeds.
” It was a somewhat much better sensation when I discovered that the sun really increased once again on Thursday early morning.
” There’s only 2 alternatives in life. You can take a seat and cry, think the world is unreasonable and things are against you.
” Or you can stand andfight Naturally that’s what we have actually selected to do– and we are ready.
” Everyone stated prior to the season Brentford in the top-six would be a wonderfulresult We battled for the leading 2. Exceptional.
“So we need to remind ourselves about this, that we are not the only team in the world that didn’t win that (last) game and move on.”
Brentford completed 11 points above Swansea and beat them 6-1 on aggregate during the season– 3-0 at the Liberty Arena and 3-1 at Griffin Park.
And Frank thinks those games will count for something in the heat of play- off fight.
“It’s natural for the players (to remember),” he stated. “They understand it, we understand it and Swansea understand it that we won these 2 games.
” That must provide us self-confidence entering into these 2 games.
” They will be 2 different games with 2 ways of playing and possible extra time.
“It will be slightly different, but we need to take the confidence from those wins with us in these games.”
Frank hailed forward Said Benrahma as “the best player in the Championship” after Brentford won 3-0 at Swansea in October.
The Algeria international scored among his 17 league goals that night and the well known ‘BMW’ strike force of Benrahma, Bryan Mbuemo and Ollie Watkins have 57 goals in between them this season.
However Swansea have their own match winner in Rhian Brewster, the Liverpool youngster who has scored 10 times since his January loan move.
“Rhian is a top player, I really like him,” Frank stated. “He has a great future ahead of him.
“He has the potential (to play for England) in the future. He is an unbelievable finisher.”
While Brewster might be back at Liverpool next season, it is most likely now-or-never for Brentford as far as this squad of players is worried.
Premier League clubs would probably start circling for Benrahma and business must the Bees lose out on promo.
Frank stated: “I am still persuaded this group of players enjoy to fight and do whatever they can to enter the Premier League with Brentford.
“If there’s one team they want to play in the Premier League for it’s Brentford.”