Thomas Frank hails Ivan Toney and Christian Eriksen after Brentford’s ‘very important’ win at Norwich

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.

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