Thomas Frank lauded his side’s ability to finish strong after the Brentford boss oversaw a convincing 3-0 victory over Preston North End to end their Championship campaign.

After centre-back Ezri Konsa notched his first for the club in the first half, Neal Maupay knocked in his 25th of the season before Marcus Forss embellished the scoreline with a precise finish late on.

The result meant the Bees finished 11th - ten points behind the Championship playoff places - and rounded off a run of three straight wins.

“After the Reading defeat, we talked about we need to finish on a high,” he said.

“It’s so important going into next season, and I definitely think we did. Unbeaten in the last four - I know the Bolton game was a little bit off but I’m pretty sure we would have won or got a point anyway.

“But this performance shows that we are building, in terms of mentality. Still getting out there and putting a decent performance in there.”

While Brentford were out of the playoff race a while ago, Frank was clearly happy with their stellar home record and a promising youth system which saw three B-team graduates - Luka Racic, Jaakko Oksanen and Forss - all appear on Saturday.

He added: “We want to show we’re a top side and we have a top home record and we wanted to finish that well.

“And it’s very pleasing to know we are third best in the league [at home] and have one of the best home records for Brentford in a number of years, which is a big thing for me.

“I think Griffin Park is a special place to be. And we need to make it even better next year in its last year.”

And after he capped off a wonderful individual season with another strike, Frank gave special credit to Maupay - his quarter-century of goals have been integral to Brentford’s fortunes.

“I predicted he had the potential to score over 20 goals this season, but to score 25 league goals is impressive,” he added.

“But also the amount of assists and how he stepped up to be a big natural leader of the team is big.”