Thomas Frank believes Brentford’s ‘wow-factor’ 2-0 win against West Ham shows just how far they’ve come as the Bees all but guaranteed another season in the Premier League.

Sublime team goals netted by Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney did the damage at the Brentford Community Stadium as Frank’s side restricted the Hammers – the league’s fifth-highest scorers this season – to just a single shot on target.

The result represented a remarkable reversal from Brentford’s 2-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Newcastle six weeks earlier this term, when they were teetering above the drop zone and tipped as potential relegation candidates after a desperate run of one point in eight matches.

But four wins in their last five including last weekend’s thumping 4-1 upset against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge leaves them 12 points clear of 18th placed Burnley and closing in on a top-half finish. 

Jubilant Frank, 48, said: “I’m very proud of the performance, it was possibly even more complete than the Chelsea one and the way we did it shows how far we’ve come.

“It was the first time all season we have more or less controlled the game from minute one to minute 90, winning 2-0 against a very good side, a side in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and challenging for the top four - that’s ‘wow’ for me.”

In February, Frank was the first to bemoan Brentford’s lack of edge as his side paid the penalty for scoring just five league goals in 2022.

But Christian Eriksen’s class and composure since coming into the side has helped the Bees rack up 11 goals in the Dane’s three unbeaten starts.

Frank added: “He’s a top player and he keeps the ball better than most players, opening up things.

“He looks like a player who is clearly enjoying his football.”

Toney bagged his sixth since his return from a calf injury, with the hitman’s partnership with Mbeumo now only behind West Ham’s Saïd Benrahma and Michail Antonio and Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane for combined goals in the Premier league.

Frank said: “It’s a connection between the two that’s just getting better and better, they understand each other, it was a great performance from working hard to pressing.”