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Thomas Frank hopes Brentford can learn from defeat at Manchester United and kickstart their Premier League campaign against in-form Newcastle.

The Bees saw their winless run extend to three matches after a first-half goal from Marcus Rashford settled matters at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

There is little time for Frank’s squad to regroup as they prepare for Saturday’s visit of Newcastle, who are fresh from thrashing West Ham 5-1 at the London Stadium.

Frank, though, feels there were some positives to build on ahead of tackling Eddie Howe’s men, who will be chasing a fifth straight victory as they target Champions League qualification.

“You win or learn. We didn’t play our best game, or our worst either,” the Brentford head coach said.

“The defensive side of the game was back to our normal level. Our foundation and work rate was there, but on the day we threw the ball away too many times”

Brentford will have Vitaly Janelt in contention again at the weekend after the midfielder recovered from a knee injury which ruled him out of the past three matches.

Frank accepts it will be a tough challenge against the Magpies, but one his players can meet head on.

“We know it will be difficult, but we are up for it and can’t wait to play at home after two games away,” Frank told a press conference.

“The fans (at home) have been really good and they need to perform one of their best games and we need to do the same.”

Brentford have been left “deeply troubled and disappointed” following the arrest of one of their supporters at Old Trafford for allegedly using racist and discriminatory language towards another Bees fan.

A club statement read: “We want to make it clear that this behaviour is completely unacceptable.

“We believe in promoting values of respect and tolerance, and we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone who loves football.

“We will cooperate fully with the police investigation. Club sanctions may also apply subject to the outcome of this investigation.”

Brentford’s statement continued: “In light of this, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate our stance on racism and discrimination.

“We will not tolerate any form of hate speech or abusive behaviour at our matches, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who attends our games feels welcome.

“While incidents like this are very rare with Brentford fans, one is still too many. We understand that there is still much work to be done to combat racism in football and in society as a whole.

“We are committed to playing our part in this ongoing fight, and we invite all of our fans to join us in creating a future where everyone is treated with respect, regardless of their background or faiths.”