Thomas Frank confident of keeping Brentford out of trouble ahead of crunch Brighton clash

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Thomas Frank is content with Brentford’s performance levels ahead of a key clash away to Brighton on Boxing Day.

The Bees travel to the South Coast sat 12th in the table after 16 games of their first Premier League campaign, having lost only one of their last five league matches before a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea in midweek.

With Manchester City at home before trips to Aston Villa and Liverpool coming up, manager Frank is confident that his side can maintain their gap to the drop zone - which currently stands at nine points.

"I'm very pleased," said Frank. "I would say, from the Everton game to the Chelsea game, all five performances were very good.

"We were very strong defensively, giving very limited chances away to the opponents and trying to build more on the attacking side. I'm pleased, we're in a good place and we'd like to carry on."

Brighton condemned Brentford to their first Premier League defeat when they nicked a 1-0 victory with an injury-time Leandro Trossard goal when the sides last met in September. Frank expects another tight contest at the Amex Stadium this time around.

He said: "It was a totally even game but if there should have been a narrow winner it should have been us.

"They just showed a bit of quality and class in the last minute with Trossard. From our side, especially the first half, I was very pleased.

"It will be two teams that try to get on the ball. The team that shows the quality in the crucial moments will win the game and hopefully that will be us."

The two sides are currently level on points with Brentford just a place ahead courtesy of a slightly superior goal difference.

Frank said: "I think they have done very well. Graham [Potter] and his staff are doing a job down there. They have developed year on year and this season I think they have been a bit like us, they should have more points."

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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