Said Benrahma is an 'Algerian magician' said Thomas Frank after the winger's hat-trick in Brentford's 5-1 demolition of Hull at Griffin Park.

Benrahma's treble and goals from Kamohelo Mokotjo and Neal Maupay lifted the Bees to 16th in the Championship and with a game in hand over those above them.

Frazier Campbell notched for the visitors but the match ball belonged to the 23-year-old.

"When he plays like that he is a joy to watch," said Frank.

"He's exciting every time he gets the ball because he can create something out of nothing.

"It is like magic and very few teams in this league have that.

"His finishing has got better and better but his assists are also incredible.

"His run and pass for Kamohelo Mokotjo made that the most beautiful goal of the day for me.

"He is growing more and more composed and when he runs at defences he is terrifying because he can go left or right."

"He is a big distraction for defences and when players mark him he'll pass the ball for another of our front three to do some damage."

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The Brentford manager has turned his side's form around and they now know they will eek back into the top half of the table if they win their game in hand.

The reason many believe for the transformation in his side's fortunes is in how much his side's defence has improved, and in the drubbing of the side sitting three places above them Frank was keen to point that out.

"The key thing is that we defended well in the first 25 minutes and stayed in the game.

"It wasn't a top performance but we still defended quite well and restricted them to the one chance, which they took.

"No matter what happens in the game we have to stay in the game and we did that well today so I was pleased with that side of things."

In Ollie Watkins, Neal Maupay, Sergi Canos and Benrahma, Brentford have a forward line that would cause envy amongst most other outfits in the division.

"When they are on it they are very difficult to handle, but after that it's a case of keeping them focused on the next game at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

"This game was the biggest of the season and the trip to Sheffield is now the biggest."