Thomas Frank declared his Brentford side a ‘privilege’ to coach as they continued their push for the Premier League with a comfortable 3-1 win over Derby County on Saturday.

Ollie Watkins gave the Bees an early lead with his 24th league goal of the season and, despite Jason Knight’s equaliser, Saïd Benrahma scored a second half double - including a cracking 20-yard strike - to earn another vital win in the promotion race.

With West Brom losing crucial ground on the same day with a 1-1 draw away at Blackburn, Frank’s side are now a tantalising three points behind the top two with just three games remaining – a fact that led to the Brentford boss revelling in being ‘spoiled’ by his players.

“Right now, we are in a very good place and we just need to continue. I am spoiled with good players that it is a privilege to coach and be around,” Frank said.

For now it remains Leeds United in the box seat though, top on 81 points – also three clear of Brentford – but with a game in hand, and automatic promotion is still out of the hands of the Griffin Park side.

But, especially when considering Brentford’s 100 per cent record since the restart, Frank is in a buoyant mood.

And even if automatic promotion manages to allude his side, the Dane is confident the form that has been built will stand his side in good stead for the play-offs.

He added: “We knew when we went into this restart we were ten points off the top two so that was a very difficult task.

"Our aim was to win as many games as possible and first and foremost to secure a play-off place and then see what is happening but now, can we catch them (the top two)? 

“Fantastic but if not, then we want to keep the momentum and good performances and take that into the play-offs.”