Brentford are now a point outside the play-offs following their 7-0 win at home to Luton Town on Saturday.
They rectified the midweek loss at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday with Josh Dasilva scoring his first career hat-trick, and Bryan Mbeumo, Ollie Watkins, Mathias Jensen and Said Benrahma all finding the net.
It wasn’t their biggest league win in history, that came in 1963 against Wrexham, but it was certainly their most complete performance under Thomas Frank and their best of the season so far.
It was a campaign that started pretty dismally and Frank was quickly coming under the spotlight. But Brentford have now won six of their last eight games in the Championship, firing themselves into play-off contention.
Here we take a look at three things we’ve learned about Brentford after the weekend:
Not a ‘one-man team’
Brentford have warranted the tag of a ‘one-man team’ on occasion this season, Watkins being that man. His goals this season have been crucial to the team and he was the one who dragged them through that difficult start – he’s the league’s third-highest top-scorer with 12 goals.
Against Luton though, Brentford gave a thorough team performance. Frank’s side showed their dynamism to score seven goals with five different players, and proved that they’re not a one-dimensional team.
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Dasilva becoming a key player
Dasilva is now one appearance off matching his tally from last season and with that hat-trick he’s now on six for the season, compared to one in the last.
Under Frank this year Dasilva has really established himself as a creative midfield player with a keen eye for goal – he’s scored some spectacular goals and his first on Saturday was right up there.
The 21-year-old has quickly become an integral part of the team and after his Man of the Match performance against the Hatters, will be held in even higher-regards by his manager, teammates and by Bees’ fans as well.
The win gave Brentford their seventh clean sheet of the season, and their third in their last four games. Frank’s side have really upped their game not only at the top of the pitch but at the back too – they’ve conceded just 14 goals this season making them the joint-second best defence in the league.
Luton aren’t the most dangerous opponents in the league but the Bees defence did their job nevertheless. Graeme Jones’ side could only manage a single shot on target throughout the game, compared the Brentford’s 12, with 21 shots in total.
Brentford are looking like the real deal in recent weeks. They’ve got one of the best attacks in the league and one of the tightest defences too – it could be a unprecedented season for the club in their last at Griffin Park.