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Rejuvenated Mee is playing 'best football of his life' for Brentford, says Frank

Bees boss Frank credits the influence of ‘giant’ Mee in draw with Wolves, writes Dan Evans

Brentford manager Thomas Frank hailed the impact of summer signing Ben Mee after the centre-back notched his second goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday.

Former Burnley captain Mee scored an acrobatic volley not long after half-time to give the Bees the lead at the Gtech Community Stadium before Ruben Neves equalised less than two minutes later.

The 33-year-old defender was also involved in a late altercation with Diego Costa that saw the former Chelsea forward sent off in second-half stoppage time.

“He (Mee) is playing the best football of his life,” said Frank. “He looks like he has found his second youth.

“He’s a giant in there despite not being the biggest centre-back, he wins all of the duels. He’s so clever, he positions himself well to get his head on everything.

“He deserved to get three points today.”

Even though Brentford failed to respond to last weekend’s heavy 4-0 defeat at Aston Villa with a victory, Frank was still pleased with his side’s performance.

He said: “The ingredients to bounce back were there. There was big energy and intensity, a lot of initiative and will power. I really liked that.

“The bit we lacked to got three points today was the coolness and quality to create bigger chances.”

Ivan Toney picked up a late booking on a frustrating afternoon for Brentford’s top-scorer, and he will now miss next week’s trip to Nottingham Forest through suspension.

Frank revealed that his talisman had been suffering with illness during the week.

“He’s been sick on Thursday and Friday. He did well (against Wolves) and it shows his mentality that he managed to get on the pitch for 90 minutes,” the Dane explained.

“I think it (the illness) did impact his game a bit.”


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