Brentford manager Thomas Frank has admitted he tried to ‘play tricks’ prior to their match with Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Despite Villa missing two golden opportunities through Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane, the Bees eventually claimed a 1-0 victory thanks to Neal Maupay’s excellent turn and strike in stoppage time.
That ensured Dean Smith’s first return to Griffin Park since leaving Brentford for Villa in October ended in defeat.
Given Smith was the man who put together Brentford’s squad, new Bees boss Thomas Frank – who previously worked as Smith’s assistant – entered into mind games before kick-off.
The Dane told Sky Sports that Brentford would be playing with a back four only to start the game with a three-man defence.
Speaking after he outfoxed his pal, Frank said: “I need to hold my hand up and say, ‘Yes it was’ (a lie). Normally when we swap a player in it’s very obvious what we want to do but this time it was more unclear. Hopefully this is the only time I’ll play tricks.”
Meanwhile, Sky pundit Liam Rosenior reckons Brentford thoroughly deserved their victory over Villa.
“It was convincing and it was dominant,” he said. “Right from the very first minute Brentford pressed, they outnumbered Aston Villa, they were positive in possession and knew their system.
“In the end there was so many little chances happening for Brentford that weren’t quite coming off, it was going to take something special to win the game.
“It was deserved throughout. They were by far the better team and it’s back to the drawing board for Dean Smith and Aston Villa.”