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“I can’t praise him enough” – Thomas Frank on Josh Dasilva

Posted on 1 December 2019 by Thomas Clark

Brentford manager Thomas Frank was effusive in his praise of his side and their pursuit of goals against Luton Town. 

The Bees produced a performance of the highest quality as they recorded their biggest win for 25 years, beating Luton 7-0 at Griffin Park.

Josh Dasilva scored for the first time this season and went on to finish the game with a fine hat-trick, much to the delight of Frank.

“We could see his goals and see his ability from day one, but he needed to take some other steps which he has done, and we can only praise him,” said Frank.

“He is hitting new numbers and new standards every single day in training and I can’t praise him enough. Of course he can create and score goals and that is fantastic, it is really very rare to have that ability,” added Frank.

It was not only Dasilva that Frank was happy with: “I’m pleased that Mathias [Jensen] and Josh added goals today so it’s not only the BMW of Benrahma, Mbeumo and Watkins who are scoring.”

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On an impressive first 45 minutes, Frank said: “The first half must be one of the best first halves at Griffin Park for many many years, not just because it was 5-0 but because we created lots of chances, scored goals and gave nothing away.”

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones was understandably not quite as upbeat as Frank: “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We were fragile defensively and attacked with no intensity. We just collapsed and I have told the players that,” 

Jones added: “I was so embarrassed with that performance. I feel sorry for our supporters. They travelled in numbers and I need to apologise for that performance.

“We have to make sure this is never repeated again. They have to man up and get on with it, they have to take responsibility for their performance.”