The magic of the FA Cup hasn’t worn off on Brentford boss Thomas Frank as the Dane challenged his players to spark a momentous cup run against minnows Oxford United.

The Bees are unbeaten in their last four league outings after disrupting promotion contenders Norwich City in their previous match, but Frank knows Saturday’s opponents will provide an altogether different challenge.

Buoyed by the return of key centre-back Chris Mepham, Frank is confident his side can avoid a potential banana skin after announcing his plans to name a star-studded line up.

“The cup is important in general, but the FA Cup with the history not only in England, but worldwide it’s the most famous cup in history,” he said.

“It would be very nice to be on a decent cup run and we will do everything we can to have a good cup run.

“We are preparing as normal and we have big respect to Oxford. It’s always difficult in the cup, we saw that last year when we played.

“We are very focused, very respectful and we want to do everything we can to go through.

“It’s a different test and I expect us to dominate the game, nothing to do with Oxford, but they are playing in a division below us and we are playing at home and want to take advantage at home.

“I will maybe make a few changes but not like we are changing seven players, no. It could be a couple, but we want to put a strong side out on the pitch.”

Brentford arrested the slump that saw them slip down the Championship table with a battling festive period that included a victory over Bolton and draws against Bristol City, Birmingham City and Norwich.

And with the transfer window opening earlier this week, Frank announced his intention to bolster his squad as Brentford aim to beat the drop.

He said: “As with every transfer window I expect us to come out stronger and that could be different ways.

“I think one of the biggest strengths of this club is transfer strategy and the alignment between the board and co-directors.

“We always discuss and plan ahead and we are very aware of different scenarios.

“We want to do everything we can to build on this run of four games.

“We would like to turn the draws into wins and we are aware of what we have to work on. We are very solid and giving very few chances away, so we are very difficult to beat.

“Now we need to get up to the highest gear offensively. I think that will come with a little more freshness in the team.”