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Thomas Frank proud but gutted after ‘lucky’ Chelsea hold on for nervy win at Brentford

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 (AP)
(AP)

Thomas Frank was left cursing his luck after Brentford’s bombardment of the Chelsea goal failed to deliver a point in Saturday’s thrilling West London derby.

Ben Chilwell put the Blues ahead in a tepid game that exploded in the final 20 minutes as the Bees launched a full-on assault of the visitors’ goal at Brentford Community Stadium.

While manager Frank was delighted by his team’s display at both ends, he was gutted at failing to produce a famous late strike.

He told Sky Sports: “If you look over the 90 minutes, there can only be one deserved winner: that’s us. And by quite a large margin, in terms of how many chances we created.

“We kept the European champions and first-placed in the Premier League to five shots in the whole game. That’s very impressive.

“I know they dominated the first-half a little bit but in the end we were all over them, and that’s very very impressive. So [I’m] proud of the performance, pleased, and that is what we need to build on.”

Brentford sit seventh in the table after a strong start to their Premier League debut campaign. Frank is determined to use the narrow defeat as a further confidence boost going forward.

The Dane added: “I’m just very proud, very pleased. Top performance over 90 minutes.

“They needed to win, they got a very very lucky win here today. That’s why it’s so impressive, it adds to the narrative from four months ago because they won the Champions League and we won the [Championship] play-offs.

“It’s all about the performance because if we play this game again, we’ll win. Nine out of ten. It is what it is and we really want to build on this.”

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