Young goalkeeper over the moon after his two penalty saves
Daniel Bentley says it ‘felt like a dream’ to save two penalties and ensure Blues beat Bury in our FA Cup second round replay.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper came in for the injured Paul Smith and produced a stellar display throughout the game and in extra time, before sending Roots Hall into raptures with two excellent penalty saves.
Daniel, speaking after the game, said: “It just didn’t feel real at the moment, it almost feels like a dream. I don't really know what to say.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I’m absolutely over the moon and just delighted that I’ve helped the team into the next round.
“I was eager to impress when I knew I would be playing, but I didn’t expect it to be like it was.
“As a goalkeeper, you do watch the tapes, but you have to just throw yourself and hope to make the save.
“Luckily I made two saves, and I thought I made a couple of good saves in the game too, so I’m just extremely happy tonight.”
Daniel is now determind to keep his place in the side ahead of the visit of Bradford on Saturday.
“I don’t want to be on the bench every week, I want to be playing in games,” he said.
“Paul has done well this season but hopefully I’ve shown the manager what I can do.
“I’ll give 110% every time I step out on that pitch, and I hope I can be out there again on Saturday.”
A full interview with Dan will be on Blues Player on Wednesday.