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Thomas Frank unsure if West Ham is a big game for Brentford but heaps praise David Moyes

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has claimed he is unsure whether West Ham United is a big game ahead of today’s London Stadium clash.

Both West Ham and Brentford have made excellent starts to the new season.

The Hammers are looking for a fourth consecutive win in all competitions having beaten Man United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup, Leeds away in the Premier League and Rapid Wien in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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Brentford are finally in the top flight after a 74-year wait.

But manager Frank has claimed he is not sure whether Europa League favourites and Champions League hopefuls West Ham – who will once again be backed by a capacity 60,000 crowd vs the Bees – are a big London derby for his side given the fierce rivalries they have with the likes of QPR and Fulham.

“I think it is definitely (different) because London derbies are always special but of course, if you rate (it against) Liverpool, I think that’s, you know a bigger club so I think it’s natural to speak about it, but for me every game is a big game,” Frank said in his pre-match press conference (Football London).

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“It’s the same for the players. I don’t know enough about the story with Brentford and West Ham, but of course it was QPR and Fulham. That would have been even bigger because the rivalry is bigger, but it’s a massive Premier League game.

“It’s a London derby and we are very much looking forward to it.”

In fairness to Frank he could not speak highly enough of West Ham boss Moyes and the job he has done at the club.

He added: “We have one of these coaches that have been in the game, and is soon to pass a fantastic mark of 1000 games.

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“He did an unbelievable job at Everton, did a fantastic job in Preston and suddenly because maybe it didn’t work out that well in United and in recent years, it’s maybe not that easy to take over after Sir Alex and then suddenly you know it seems like.

“He was not recognised as a proper coach and what he’s done in West Ham, is fantastic. He’s taking him to the second-best position. The way they play, they have solid players in all positions.

“They got into the top six which is remarkable honestly, and they just continue this year and they now have six points in the Europa League, so I think it’s a remarkable job and I think it deserves so much praise.”

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