"The team is very happy": Key quotes from Thomas Frank's post-Burnley press conference
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It's now two wins on the bounce for Brentford, who overcame relegation-threatened Burnley thanks to two late goals from Ivan Toney.

The first-half at the Brentford Community Stadium had been a tightly contested affair but the Bees seized the initiative in the second, with Toney applying the finishing touch following a sensational Christian Eriksen cross before securing his brace from the spot having been felled by the then-dismissed Nathan Collins in the box.

Head coach Thomas Frank addressed the media after the match — these were his most noteworthy quotes.

On the balance of play

This was a tense affair, and it felt for a long while as if the ball would never drop for either side — however Brentford found the breakthrough in the nick of time, and the head coach believes that was a fair reflection on the match as a whole.

"It was a very tight, very competitive game," said Frank. "I think we had more dangerous chances than Burnley, we gave them their best chance and relied on a good save from David. If you look at the whole 90 minutes the narrow winner should've been us."

On dressing room spirit

Predictably, the Bees are buzzing again after following up a crucial victory at Norwich City with another important result here. According to Frank, the turnaround in fortunes is just reward for how they kept the faith when the going was tough even only a matter of weeks ago.

"The team is very happy, very pleased after a great performance. To get a win in the Premier League is so difficult but it's credit to the players to do it in two important games. After losing to Newcastle I thought we were hard-done by; the feeling after two wins is a different world. Credit to everyone for remaining calm."

On Christian Eriksen

Toney took the headlines with his decisive brace, but the new hero round these parts also played a key role in this triumph. Eriksen's cross for the first goal on 85 minutes was exquisite, and Frank described it as befitting of the calibre of player that Brentford have acquired in the midfielder.

"The cross is just top quality, and we've seen that top quality a few times against us this season like when Manchester City came here. He's close [to full fitness] but I think the last five or ten percent is very difficult to get because it takes time and rhythm. For me signing Christian was not a gamble. I was convinced he could help us and go down as one of the most important signings ever for Brentford."

On the supporters

The celebrations at full-time were a sight to behold as Frank and his players completed a lap around the ground applauding the fans for their support on the day. The head coach was delighted to be able to send his supporters home happy.

"I think our fans have been really good throughout the season; they were good at Norwich and again today fantastic. I really hope we can keep this spirit and atmosphere: it's rock and roll, the stadium is bouncing after the win. We can't take anything for granted in this world but what we have here is special."

On looking ahead

Frank was not prepared to get ahead of himself just yet, even with his side's survival prospects now looking much more healthy after these last two victories. Nonetheless, the head coach recognised that Brentford now have a good platform to build on for the remainder of the campaign.

"We have a massive focus already on the next game," he asserted. "We just want to aim as high as possible, to catch the teams above us rather than looking over our shoulder. That's the best possible mentality you can have."

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