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  • By Yann Tear

Frank hails 'massive achievement' of making play-off final a second time and says it holds no fears

Thomas Frank was confident his side would recover from the early setback to beat Bournemouth in Saturday's dramatic play-off - and is equally confident next weekend's final will hold no terrors.

Ivan Toney scored from the spot to cancel out an early goal from the visitors and Vitaly Janelt and Marcus Forss scored in the second half to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.

It sets up a showdown with Swansea City to determine who plays in the Premier League next season. The Bees defeated the Swans in last season's play-off semi-final before losing to Fulham at Wembley.

"That we scored relatively after their goal helped but it's not the first time we turned around against Bournemouth. We also did that at home and I had a big, big belief that we could do it," said the Brentford boss.

"I smashed my foot into the ice cooler after the 1-0 goal and then though 'no, keep your head' and then five second later I smashed my foot into the bin next to it - because of course there are emotions and we were playing a very, very good side.

But I was not in doubt that we could get there and turn it around.

"It's a massive achievement to go to the play-off final two years in a row. Of course the ultimate aim is to win on Saturday, so we know very well there's a long, long way before we cross the line but you could cry a bit because it's fantastic what the players have achieved."

Hailing his players for rising to such a special occasion in front of a noisy home crowd, Frank said: "It was a roller-coaster of emotions. I think only sport, and especially football, can do that.

"It's constantly about staying in the game and winning the next moment. If you can do that, then you are not thinking too far away.

"I think we started fantastic right from the off, aggressive, we were on top of the game but had resilience and attitude and togetherness from the players straight after the [Bournemouth] goal."

The Dane went on a lap of the ground before the match to get the crowd going and he said that although it was not a natural thing for him to do, he recognised it could help the cause.

"We hoped and knew our fans could be a factor, so I had to go a little bit out of my comfort zone," he said.

"These games are decided on the finest of margins and if it could tip things maybe five per cent, then Ok we have to do it.

"We definitely got a top performance from the fans. The 4,000 felt like 40,000. I can't wait to see a full stadium. The roof will fly off if all 17,500 will give a performance like today.

"The experience of having been there before will help us [next Saturday]. We will be unbelievably prepared. We'll come flying out. We will give everything and then we pray and hope because we need margins. We can't say we will do it, because it's football, but we will give everything. We are very excited. We are looking forward to it. I think we will go with no fear."


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