Brentford head coach Thomas Frank has told the Ealing Times that they deserved to lose 2-0 to Reading on Saturday.

While Brentford are now out of the race for the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, they were hoping that a win against Reading, who are fighting against relegation, would be a good confidence boost that they could carry into next season. However they ended up being shocked at the Madejski Stadium and lost 2-1, helping the Royals in their bid to stay up.

Brentford never recovered from an early barrage from Reading with Yakou Meite scoring a brace to give Reading a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes. Before the end of the first half, Neal Maupay got one back for Brentford and that gave the Bees hope they could come back but that would never materialise and they would lose the game 2-1.

After the game, Frank said they deserved to lose the game as they never got going in the first half. He said: “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb,”

“Second half we came out with more intensity, much more willpower, but lacked the quality to create enough big chances to get the equaliser.”

“I think Reading did well today, but I think we could’ve done better. It’s so important that we’re coming out there with good energy, good intensity and we take the initiative in the game.”

“We conceded after three or four minutes, and goals change the momentum of the game.”

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