Thomas Frank says it is up to Leeds United to answer Brentford's promotion charge

The Bees made it six wins in a row on Tuesday night

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 1:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 1:30 pm
Brentford boss Thomas Frank celebrates with Pontus Jansson. (Getty)

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Leeds United must now come up with an answer to his sides 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic.

The Bees made it six wins in a row in Championship action on Tuesday evening at Griffin Park and pulled closer to the top two as the promotion race continues.

Goals from Said Benrahma and Ethan Pinnock turned the game on its head late on in the capital following an opener from visiting striker Macauley Bonne.

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The victory brought Frank's men within three points of the Whites in top spot and two within second-placed West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies host Derby County this evening while United are in action against Stoke City at Elland Road on Thursday night.

"It's a big win. It's up to West Brom and Leeds to come up with an answer," Frank told the Daily Express.

"Of course I will watch Derby against West Brom on Wednesday night, but that's because we are playing them on Saturday.

"Charlton are a good side and fighting for their lives. They are difficult to break down.

"This win was big in terms of how we handled it, managed it and kept going.

"And then you go 1-0 down and that's the worst thing that can happen. This win was big in terms of how we managed it and how we kept going.

"It would be easy to say it was just a matter of time before that winner went in, but I was still extremely happy when it did."

He added: "I knew it would be difficult against Charlton.

“A nice little stat is that of the current top four teams they [Charlton] have only lost tonight against us. They beat us last time and beat Leeds. Two times they draw with Fulham and West Brom. So they are very good against the top sides and they showed that today.

“They are very, very difficult to break down. All respect to them. I think they will survive and stay in the Championship.

“We’ve been talking a lot about what we would do about a setback during a game or if we lost a game. We haven’t conceded in I don’t know how many minutes, so once we conceded we need to move on and keep doing what we’re doing.

“We knew over time we could create enough chances. It was about patience and moving the ball – we did that better in the second half.”