THOMAS FRANK is refusing to buy into Brentford’s favourite tag ahead of this weekend’s play-off final, writes Will Jennings. 

And the defiant Dane downplayed the role of the Ivan Toney show as his buoyant Bees prepare to buzz down Wembley Way.

Brentford are ramping up for a play-off showdown against Swansea bidding to banish last year’s demons when they went down 2-1 to Fulham.

The Bees finished seven points above Steve Cooper’s side in the Championship table but Frank says the Swans will be a tough nut to crack.

The 47-year-old said: "Honestly, I don't think there is any favourites in the game.

“We played Swansea twice this season and both times were 1-1. Two tight games.

"Steve Cooper and his coaching team have done fantastic. I think Steve is one of the most promising managers in this country.

"They have done a top job, they have improved from last year, we have improved from last year, and it'll be down to the finest margins on the day that will decide this game.

"I think it could be a little bit intuitive. We've been there before, we tried it, we know what it's all about.

"Hopefully that can help us. There is another team out there who will do everything they can to try to stop us, and they will believe that they can.

"I think it's a game that there'll be a lot of tension, I don't think we should run away from that. There will be nerves from both teams, and that's completely natural.

"I think we will go into it with good belief and calm. It was tough that we didn't win last year, but we actually found out that, the next day, the sun rose again and life goes on, so that's a part of it. Of course we'll give it a massive go."

Brentford toppled Bournemouth 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-final after a thrilling second leg at the Community Stadium.

Toney, Vitaly Janelt and Marcus Forss all scored to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit and propel the Bees into their second play-off final in two years.

It’s that man Toney who’s stolen the headlines this term, racking up a Championship record 31 goals – during the 46-game season – to prompt talk of the top-flight big boys coming calling.

Toney’s goals have hauled the Bees to the brink of the Premier League but Frank insists his well-oiled outfit are more than just a one-man team.

Frank, whose team will take to the Wembley pitch in front of 12,000 fans on Saturday, added: "It's not about me, it's not about Ivan Toney, it's not about David Raya, it's about the team, the staff, and the club.

“I think one big thing is our togetherness that you can sense and feel when you walk into our training ground, and I really hope that that value can get us over the line.

"Of course we all know it would be a massive success [to win in the final] - if we lose, they will talk about a missed opportunity and we are aware of that.

"But sometimes you need to step aside and look at what we have achieved together. So many people from the administration side to the people involved in the stadium, the players, the staff, the coaches, everyone that made us get this close last year.

"We sold two of our best players, broke the transfer record of the Championship twice, and we still achieved reaching another play-off final. That's just unbelievable.

"I don't think too much about that I can be the one, I think it's more that we can create something remarkable.”