Brentford boss Thomas Frank was left overjoyed after his side secured a ‘massive’ 2-1 win over Charlton in the race for the automatic promotion places.

Trailing 1-0 at Griffin Park with 16 minutes to go, in-form forward Said Benrahma inspired a dramatic late turnaround.

Having dominated the Addicks for much of the game but behind thanks to Macauley Bonne's eighth-minute header, Benrahma first won and converted a 74th-minute penalty before forcing a brilliant save from Dillon Phillips which led to Ethan Pinnock heading home the winner from the resulting corner.

And the significance of the late surge, which keeps the Bees in touching distance of the Championship's top two at just two points behind West Brom, was certainly not lost on Frank.

“This is a massive win. I'll not stand here and say this didn't mean anything, it was a big win,” Frank said.

“We know every game is a big win, but I just had a feeling because of all the circumstances, that this game would be very, very difficult.

“This win was big in terms of how we managed it and how we kept going. It would be easy to say it was just a matter of time before that winner went in, but I was still extremely happy when it did.

“They [Charlton] have a very good ability to compete against the best sides because they defend well, they are very well-fixed and they have a good structure.”

The win extends Brentford’s 100 per cent record since the resumption of football, while Charlton’s early goal was the first they had conceded in that time.

And the manner of the victory clearly emboldened Frank, too, as he laid out a direct challenge to their automatic promotion rivals following the result.

He added: “It's up to West Brom and Leeds to come up with an answer.”