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Brentford went down 1-0 to a strong West Ham side at New Griffin Park, but Thomas Frank’s boys once again gave a very good account of themselves, with Shandon Baptiste (second half) and Halil Dervişoğlu (first half) the two stand-outs for the home side.

Said Benrahma, came back to his old stomping ground and delivered the decisive goal, a lovely curling shot into the top corner from a half cleared ball, but over all, there was little between the two sides and Bees fans came away quietly confident that their team will mix it with most in the Premier League campaign ahead based on this week’s showings against Manchester United and The Hammers.

With less than a fortnight to go until the season starts, Brentford have one more first team friendly remaining, against Valencia next Saturday evening, and things are shaping up nicely. There’s no lack of confidence or competition for places, and with the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Mathias Jensen still to feature, Thomas Frank has a head bursting with options… there is also transfer talk of one maybe two new faces being added to the squad before the deadline window closes.

All in all, this was another positive performance, and although things may not have clicked in front of goal, the West Ham match will undoubtedly provide much-needed top flight insights and indicates where improvements need to be made.

Dave Lane