Brentford boss Thomas Frank was left ruing his side’s missed chances after the Bees were held to a Championshipstalemate with Middlesbrough.

In a game they mainly dominated, the Bees’ profligacy proved costly at the Brentford Community Stadium, as the opening goal remained elusive throughout, despite having chances to break the deadlock. 

The point leaves Brentford in mid table heading into the international break, after a run of three draws in their last four matches sees them three points from the playoff spots. 

Frank admitted his side were good value for the win at home to Neil Warnock’s Boro, as the visitors’ resolute defensive unit stayed strong throughout. 

“In a game like this you need to take your chances you get,” the Dane said. “We got two or three very good chances that we didn’t take. 

“But on another day we score and win 1-0, and then everybody would have been happy.

“They had half a chance on the counter, they had a lot of set pieces but we handled that very well, so in general I am pleased with a good performance but not a top performance.”

The Bees struggled to break down the Boro defence, with Josh Dasilva, Ivan Toney and Vitaly Janelt all having chances to make the breakthrough. 

They aren’t the first side to fail to break down Warnock’s side this season, as the visitors continue to have the best defence in the division, having only conceded five goals to date. 

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for the hosts, who have tasted defeat just once in their last seven league matches, and a rare baron game for Toney, who’s run of three goalscoring games in a row came to an end. 

“We lacked that top quality on the ball, in terms of that one we want that could have opened the game, or that bit of play that could have given us the goal.” Frank said.  

“It didn’t come, but it’s small margins, I think if there should have been a winner it should definitely be us.” 

The Brentford boss will now have two weeks to prepare for their next league match, with a number of players linking up with their countries for the international break before a trip to Wycombe in a fortnight’s time.