Thomas Frank is demanding his Brentford players to add attacking spark to defensive solidity ahead of Saturday’s trip to struggling Nottingham Forest.

The Bees are unbeaten in ten matches but still lie two points adrift of the Championship play-off spots after Wednesday night’s stalemate with Wayne Rooney's Derby County.

Frank hailed his team’s rock-solid foundations but says they need to do more in possession if they are to bounce back from last season’s play-off final heartbreak.

“Ten games unbeaten in this league is a good foundation to have,” said the Dane, 47.

“Of course, we really want to turn some draws into wins - that’s what we’re working very hard on.

“The defensive solidness is a top foundation – the work ethic and the desire. If we can get that extra spark up and running, then we will be very good.

“We are extremely solid – we have a very strong foundations, we’re unbeaten in ten games and in this league that’s a very good performance in itself.

“We have a higher level to hit offensively – I don’t think we’ve hit that enough this season.

“That relationship between the front three and the midfielders wasn’t quite there [against Derby] and we were a bit untidy.

“The relationship between players, hitting top form, the front three understanding each other – all that comes the more we play and the more we try to train.”

Brentford travel to a Forest side lying a lowly 21st in the table after suffering a 2-1 midweek defeat against high-flying Norwich.

Chris Hughton’s team sit a solitary point above the relegation zone and 15 behind Frank’s promotion contenders.

Hughton took over after former boss Sabri Lamouchi was sacked in October following a dismal start to the season.

Lamouchi's Forest narrowly missed out on a play-off place on goal difference last term after a wild final night of the Championship and ended up seventh, 11 points behind Frank’s third-place side.

But the final day heartbreak left them wounded as they endured a miserable start to their 2020-21 campaign.

Frank says his team face a tough test and reckons it’s only a matter of time before the experienced Hughton starts working his magic at the City Ground.

“It’s another interesting opponent that are struggling, but they were very, very close to the top six last year and have more or less the same team,” he added.

“They will click at a certain time so it’s a big task, but we will be ready for it.”