Brentford manager Thomas Frank was full of praise for Newcastle United ahead of his side’s trip to St James’ Park.
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Eddie Howe’s men will look to make it two wins on the bounce on Saturday, having battered Fulham 4-1 last time out. Indeed, another three points could really kickstart Newcastle’s campaign, which has so far been grounded by injury problems and dubious VAR decisions.
Hopefully, they will even out over the course of the season and a meeting with Brentford looks a good opportunity to start getting more points on the board. While a difficult team to beat (losing only two of their last six games), Frank’s side are yet to win away from home this season and will be missing captain Pontus Jansson.
For their part, Newcastle have Callum Wilson available and even potentially Allan Saint-Maximin after his recent hamstring injury. With the former already back on the scoresheet and the latter arguably approaching his best under Howe’s stewardship prior to his absence, having them both in contention is a major boost.
What has Frank said about Newcastle?
Speaking at Thursday’s pre-match press conference, the Brentford boss said: “There is no doubt that Newcastle are aiming to be a top six side in the future. Eddie Howe, his staff, and players have done a very good job so far. Last year, they stabilised the club and this year they have only lost to Liverpool.
“He has made them much more front-footed and aggressive. They press much more and are very organised in that pressure. On the ball they look very dynamic. The way they play and run behind the opponent is very impressive. I like the way they play”