Thomas Frank is urging his Brentford side to create history as they look to reach the semi-finals of a major domestic tournament for the first time.

The Bees welcome Newcastle United in the last eight of the Carabao Cup this evening in a 5.30pm kick-off and Frank is relishing the prospect of seeing the club hit new heights.

“You always want to be a part of history or to write a new chapter in this beautiful club’s history,” he said.

“When you have the chance just in front of you, it is so important to give everything you can to take that chance.

“I said it to the players after training today, and after the win on Saturday, that it is on us to do everything we can to write a new chapter. We will do our best to attack the opportunity.

“It is a very big opportunity for the staff members and players involved in the game tomorrow, and the fans watching.

“We want to do our best to do that. We are going to face a good Premier League side but we believe in our chance and will go for it.

“The first-half against Watford was the first time I’d really seen my team click. In the first 30 minutes against Reading that’s where we showed some of the bits, I really like the team to play.”

The Bees extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 13 games on Saturday, beating Reading 3-1, and will fancy their chances of causing an upset against a Newcastle outfit who sit 12th in the top flight and laboured to a 1-1 draw with 10-man Fulham at the weekend.

Steve Bruce’s side have famously not won a domestic trophy since 1955 and they have to contend with a determined former player looking to ensure that run continues, with Ivan Toney leading the line for Brentford.

Toney signed for the Magpies as a 19-year-old in 2015 but was limited to just four first-team appearances and went out on loan five times before joining Peterborough in 2018.

With 16 goals in 20 Championship appearances since moving to Brentford in the summer, Toney is one of the country’s most in-form marksmen and Frank is backing his striker to show what he can do on the big stage.

“Ivan has an inner drive and determination to reach the highest possible level,” he said.

“There’s always a situation in all of our careers that inspires us, or irritates us, enough to ensure we work hard every single day to try to prove some people wrong.

“I know that Ivan has big ambitions and, of course, he would like to prove that he could play in the Premier League. His hunger for goals is immense and he is a really good player.”

The match will be played behind closed doors due to London’s move into Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions but though fans will be absent, they will not be far from Frank’s thoughts.

“Like all other Londoners, Bees fans will be affected by these Tier 4 restrictions,” he said.

“It is about giving people a small light in the dark. It will definitely be my final motivation speech tomorrow to go out there, make the fans proud, and play for them.”