Blues boss delighted for young goalkeeper after penalty saves
Paul Sturrock was delighted for young goalkeeper Daniel Bentley after he saved two penalties to send Blues into the FA Cup third round.
Bentley was in goal after Paul Smith failed a fitness test, and Paul says following his excellent performance – Bentley will now be pushing for that starting berth.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for Daniel because he’s worked very hard, he’s still young and he’s got us into the next round.
“The night certainly belongs to him because it’s an excellent achievement for anyone to make two penalty saves.
“He was terrific all night and looked very confident. He was organizing the back four and that’s great to see.
“I was looking at bringing another goalkeeper in if Paul Smith ever got injured, but Daniel has proved tonight he is more than capable.
“He’s got a real chance of keeping Paul out of the side now so we’ve got real competition for that place, and all over the pitch.”
Paul was also pleased to have progressed to the next round, and he felt his side just shaded it on the night in difficult conditions.
He added: “Yeah, I thought we were the better team just about overall and deserved to go through.
“Penalties is never a nice way to go out – I was in the dressing room when they were being taken – that’s what I think about that.
“The conditions were difficult and both teams had to adapt but we’re delighted to be in the next round.
“It means the unbeaten run continues as well which is excellent.”
A full interview with Paul will be on Blues Player from Wednesday.