It was a dream start to life in the Premier League for Brentford, as they took a 2-0 win over Arsenal, and their manager Thomas Frank was emotional in his post-match interview.
Thomas Frank sums up Brentford achievement
Dane Frank is entering his fourth season in charge of Brentford, and has overseen the progression of the team from mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League.
Their first top-flight game in 74 years could hardly have gone any better, as they took a 2-0 win over Arsenal that never looked in doubt. The stadium was rocking after both goals, as the Brentford Community Stadium welcomed a full house for the very first time since opening last August.
LIFT OFF FOR BRENTFORD! 🚀
Sergi Canos wastes no time in firing a low effort that beats Bernd Leno at his near post - West London is rocking! 🔥
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— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2021
Frank spoke to Sky Sports after the game and brilliantly summed up the emotion of the night. He also said that he and his players would cherish every win they manage in the Premier League, and that they were eager for more.
🗣 "We're number one in Premier League and we're just a bus stop in Hounslow."
Thomas Frank gives his reaction to Brentford winning their first Premier League game pic.twitter.com/nBz2cCkt8R
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 13, 2021
Amazing. What an atmosphere. I'm a little bit speechless because...it's the first time in the top flight. We are opening the Premier League season. For all fans, they can dream! We are number one in the Premier League, that is a fantastic story! And we are just a bus stop in Hounslow - we're not supposed to be here! We are going to celebrate every win but we also want more.
He went on to praise the intensity of his team's performance, and said that they had nailed the game plan - even if it did make him nervous as the game ticked into injury time.
I think the players today were amazing. They've run themselves into the ground, they played with extreme intensity and then they were brave to press high constantly. In the end, it was five minutes to go, I was thinking, "oh, maybe not now!" I'm very proud of them.
I think today they deserve the praise and to celebrate a bit. It's been a hard pre season, you could see they were fit, they could run. It's been planned all the time that we'd have two days off now because we play next Saturday. They can get a little bit of rest, but then Monday we look forward.
It was a hugely emotional night in west London, as a capacity crowd took in a Premier League game for the first time in 522 days. Some fans were reduced to tears by the result.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 13, 2021
Thomas Frank has been an integral part of the Brentford revolution, and their first night in the Premier League would suggest there are more big things to come from this team.