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Bentley happy with performance

19 September 2012

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was content with his performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Gillingham.

19-year-old Bentley was called-off the bench to make only his second ever first team appearance after Paul Smith was knocked out under a challenge from Deon Burton.

And after getting 72 minutes under his belt Bentley was happy with his display.

“I didn’t have a lot to do as we had a lot of possession throughout the second half,” he told the official website.

“I think for the majority of the game we controlled it.

“Although I didn’t have a great deal to do I thought what I did do was pretty solid and I am happy with my performance overall.”

Smith crashed to the ground after colliding with striker Burton after ten minutes and remained out cold as he was treated for eight minutes in the 18-yard box.

The former Nottingham Forest stopper was eventually taken off to a local hospital for x-rays. 

And although Bentley would have preferred better circumstances to make his first appearance of the season, he was pleased nonetheless to be involved.

“I saw Paul go down and my first reaction was to go out and warm-up,” he said.

“I am gutted for him as even though it meant I got on the pitch, I wouldn’t want it to be in those circumstances.

“Chances for me have been few and far between so for me to be on the pitch was a privilege.

“As I have said before I consider it that to play and that’s what it was last night.”

Despite going a goal behind in the third minute of nine minutes of additional time at the end of the first half, Blues played the whole of the second period against ten men after Gills substitute Bradley Dack was sent off before the break.

Southend found themselves camped in the Kent sides half for the majority of the second half but were unable to find a way through.

“We had a lot of possession but we didn’t have the final product to win the game,” said Bentley.

“The back four were solid throughout and the midfield dictated the game but that final ball or shot just wasn’t there.”

And after Cameron Belford returned to Bury last weekend following the end of his loan spell and with Smith a doubt for this weekend’s home match against Exeter City Bentley will wait to learn if he is required again.

“I am ready when called upon,” he said. “That is what I have said from day one but obviously now it is the gaffers decision what he does for Saturday depending on how Paul is but if I am needed then I am ready.”

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