Thomas Frank was left aggrieved at his Brentford side’s failure to adapt to blustery conditions as they succumbed to the winds of Storm Gareth, losing 1-0 to West Brom at Griffin Park.

Their first defeat on home soil since December, Kyle Edwards’ second-half solo goal proved the difference-maker as the Bees struggled to create any opportunities of note, having dominated the first 45 minutes.

And despite facing tough weather after the break, Frank made no excuses as he watched his side lose their second game on the bounce to promotion-chasing opponents.

“We gave them a soft goal – I thought we needed to defend it better,” he said.

“After that, we couldn’t get back into it and there was a long spell in the second half where we couldn’t get out of our own half because of the wind and the high pressure from West Brom.

“I was disappointed that we couldn’t do more – we didn’t have enough quality on the day – but it happened.

“It’s always an advantage to have the wind at your backs in the second half. It’s for both teams and we needed to get more out of it in the first half. Those were the conditions and we needed to deal with that.”

Frank’s side failed to capitalise with the breeze at their backs in the first half as Saïd Benrahma and Romain Sawyers saw chances go begging.

And they were made to pay shortly after the break when Edwards weaved his way through the Brentford defence to poke past Luke Daniels on 51 minutes for what would prove to be the decider.

But in assessing his side’s tricky run of late, as they prepare for this weekend’s international break, the Dane was typically pragmatic in his analysis of the Bees’ situation as their hopes of making a late charge into the play-offs took another blow.

“I would say that it was a tough week,” he continued.

“We had a deserved win against Middlesbrough and could’ve got more out of the game against Sheffield United but that’s what it is.

“Another big team came to us and on an even better day, I’m pretty sure we would’ve won this but we didn’t help ourselves in the second half.

“Ambitions are the same. Talking about the whole season, we have big dreams and big ambitions, but focus on the daily work and the next game.

“Now, we have an international break and some players need to get up to an even better fitness. Then, we’ll have a little bit of rest before focusing on the game against Wigan.”