Ivan Toney netted a hat-trick while Christian Eriksen made his first start since suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, with the latter’s 32nd-minute corner eventually returned by the former.
Hat-trick hero Toney took center stage after half-time with a cool penalty after Ben Gibson caught Bees captain Pontus Jansson with a high boot and scored another kick in the 58th minute before Teemu Pukki hit a late consolation.
Frank said: “Of course a very important win. I told the players before the game for me it was never a game to win, I know it’s easy to say after but I knew how point the match was important.
“Everyone did it, Norwich did it, we did it and two things that are very important with the win are less noise and the smiles on the faces when we arrive on Monday morning will be big, so it’s “is a huge thing. I’m happy with the character, the mentality and the composure of the players in a tough game.”
Toney’s two penalties made it 18 in a row without missing and took his tally for the season to 11 goals in all competitions.
“I think he was not just for the three goals, but in general he was the best today,” added Frank.
“In a game like this you need your best players to perform and he did that. First a well-worked set piece where he was in the position he needed to be, then two penalties .
“The second he gets himself and I’ve said many, many times that the more penalties he scores, the closer we get to the truth that he’s the best penalty taker in the world with his composure and his strategy.
Eriksen’s influence was evident and he played the whole game on his full debut for the promoted side, who are now six points clear of the relegation zone.
Frank insisted: “It means something to Christian, he wants to do well for us and make sure we finish as high as possible.
“I think he was good but I think he will be even better than that. If you ask him, I’m pretty sure he’ll say he can be even better.
“Fantastic to see him and very important for us, of course he is. I think the delivery of the first goal was fantastic and we saw some of his passes from behind, left the first time, right the first time.
“He sent a fantastic ball to Sergi Canos in the first half – unbelievable. That’s the little he can give us, 100 per cent.”
Norwich boss Dean Smith lamented the decision not to award a penalty when Brandon Williams fell in the box after a touch from Bryan Mbeumo in the 47th minute with the score just 1-0 up.
“The big moments went against us,” admitted the former Brentford manager.
“We didn’t help each other in those big moments. For example, we knew they were a decent team from set pieces and Brandon Williams should defend the far post better for the first goal.
“Ben Gibson shouldn’t give them a call to make with a high foot and then he goes to the ground, but on the other hand there’s a big moment in the game where we should have a penalty and we’re not given no penalty.
“I don’t understand VAR very well at the moment and I’m not sure anyone can explain it to me. These big moments change games.”
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