Here's what we learned from Brentford's 1-1 draw West Brom.

Play for Frank

Monday’s performance showed that the players are playing for their manager.

Many sides would’ve rolled over under the first half pressure. Many sides would’ve given up before they arrived at The Hawthorns knowing how ruthless they are on their own patch.

Brentford, yes they had some (a lot of) fortune in the game but they kept pressing and carried out Thomas Frank’s instructions to a T second half. The emotion form players and manager when Lewis McLeod’s header hit the back of the net was clear to see, they’re in this fight together.

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Defensive Issues Continue

Yes Brentford took a point but boy, they were lucky!

Less than a minute in there were signs this could’ve been a cricket-score. Jay Rodriguez guilty of the second best/worse ‘miss of the season,’ only outdone by Matt Ritchie’s effort for Newcastle eight days earlier.

Ezri Konsa and Chris Mepham both looked shaky at the back and look in desperate need of more protection than the little offered by the fragile Josh McEachran in front of them. Each cross that came in, every through ball, you could see they were looking for support, not from each other because they have that, but support from other members of their defensive unit.

Both 21-year-olds are a class act, but they are young and they need guidance. If Frank doesn’t look at this in January I wouldn’t be surprised if Mepham or Konsa opt to sit on the bench at a ‘bigger’ club to learn from people willing to fine tune them in to premiership players we all know they will be.

Plan B

There isn’t one.

After the defeat to Middlesbrough and Sheffield United there were calls for Frank to change the structure of the side. Moving from a 4-3-3 to a more solid 4-4-2 or even a 4-5-1 was suggested, but nothing materialised.

Emiliano Marcondes and Ollie Watkins were drafted in - in a highly attacking move by Frank, who was obviously hoping for the high press. Frank claims this is 'The Brentford-way.’ But surely even the biggest admirer of the football the Bees play can see that sometimes you need to adapt to you opponent, especially as high quality as West Brom.

A Turning Point?

Frank will hope so.

The Championship is notoriously tough and the fixtures don’t get any easier. Next up is Swansea. A win against the Swans would mean four points against two genuine promotion contenders, and that will be huge.

A defeat however and the pressure and naysayers will be right back at Frank’s door.

West Brom are a Premiership Side

Don’t be fooled by the result, West Brom are a well organised outfit.

They should get promoted. They left half a dozen goals on the pitch on Monday night and should’ve been out of sight at half-time.

Darren Moore has done a great job in the midlands and got the team playing for the badge in a totally different manner than they were in the first half of last season’s top flight campaign.