Brentford boss Thomas Frank says that his Brentford side can keep their heads held high after falling to a hard-fought 1-0 defeat to Premier League Leicester in the fourth round of the FA Cup.  

The Bees welcomed a Foxes side containing the likes of Ayoze Perez and Çaglar Soyuncu to Griffin Park, but it was Kelechi Iheanacho’s fourth-minute strike that ultimately settled the tie.

But Brentford dug in to keep Leicester on their toes throughout, and Frank was pleased to see his team continue playing the football they want to play.

“First of all, I must say I’m proud of the team, especially with the performance they put out there,” said the Dane.

 “We got 1-0 down after four minutes, a bit of Premier League brilliance, what a beautiful pass.

“Maybe we should have done better inside the box, but after that I think we put so much intensity into it.

 “(We put in) so much effort, but were also brave on the ball. We wanted to play, play forward, pressed high, did everything we wanted to do as Brentford Football Club.”

 Frank made numerous changes from the team who drew 0-0 with Huddersfield the weekend prior and saw a good performance against a team sitting third in the Premier League.

The Bees created good chances of their own in the second half and Frank was delighted with the effort the makeshift team put in and felt they were unlucky to not at least force a replay.

“Potentially we should have won this game, so I’m proud of the boys,” he continued.

 “We created chances, we dominated 30 minutes of the second half I think and created the chances that could have given us an equaliser and then everything could happen.”

 The Bees’ boss made sure to praise the fans after they once again created an atmosphere befitting of the growing stature of the club.

 “The fans were amazing, we showed why Griffin Park is a special place to play and a difficult place to play for the opponents.

“The atmosphere was amazing, so I think everybody showed themselves what we are hoping for.”

And despite the high-profile nature of the fixture, Frank is adamant that they have already moved on to the next game.

“This was the biggest game and then the next game is the biggest game and we need to put all of our focus into the game against Nottingham Forest.”