Brentford’s automatic promotion hopes were dealt a blow after they were held to a fourth consecutive Championship draw against Birmingham City.

City’s Neil Etheridge was the busier goalkeeper on the night at Brentford Community Stadium but the hosts failed to find their way through.

The point leaves Thomas Frank’s side nine points behind second place Watford with seven games to go.

And the Bees boss was frustrated after seeing his side miss the chance to close the gap on the top two.

“It was a good first half I would say,” he told the club’s YouTube channel. “We moved the ball well and created opportunities and got behind Birmingham.

“We were less good in the second half. We didn’t show enough quality on the ball in terms of finding solutions and openings. Whilst we still created opportunities and dangerous situations, it wasn’t enough.

“I saw a lot of will, determination and passion from players but not a cutting edge on the night. I think we performed okay, but we know in a game like this it’s up to us to take initiative.

“The longer we don’t get a goal the more frustrating it becomes, and we became impatient towards the end which we need to be better at.”

Brentford had chances to break the deadlock in both halves, but wastefulness in front of goal prevented them from snatching the three points and closing the gap on Watford. 

“There was a similar pattern to Huddersfield in that it was not a great performance but still had chances. It’s frustrating that we didn’t take our chances, but I think we should have created more of them. Birmingham gave nothing away, they’re down there fighting so fair play to them.

“There have been a lot of games where we’ve been quite fluid. Tonight is a snapshot of the season, it was okay, but we could have done better.

“We’re not far away but it’s that consistency performing well every single game in the final third that we are lacking.”

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