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Bentley's perfect day

25 September 2012

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley admitted that his full debut against Exeter City on Saturday was a “perfect day”.

The 19-year-old stopper made his first ever start at the weekend as Blues fought back to beat the Grecians 2-1 at Roots Hall.

And youngster was delighted to be able to help the team to three points.

“I think it was pretty much the perfect day for me and I’m really pleased,” said Bentley.

“I was nervous before the game but not worried and I think that’s the best way to be.

“But I was really happy with how everything went.

“I had no chance with the goal and we will look at that again because their player was left unmarked.

“However, we were able to come back from that and winning the game made it even more memorable for me.”

Bentley has been at Roots Hall for the past four seasons after coming through the ranks and was delighted to finally be handed his chance by manager Paul Sturrock.

The ex-Arsenal trainee had twice come close to being handed his first start – at Burton Albion last season and against Peterborough United at the start of the current campaign.

But both times Sturrock opted to bring Cameron Belford in on loan and Bentley was therefore glad to finally be given a go against Exeter.

“It was disappointing on those occasions but that’s the manager’s decision and he does things for the good of the team,” he said. 

“I just kept on working hard and waiting for another chance and that came on Saturday.

“I didn’t know I was playing until the manager named the team at quarter to two but it was good and hopefully I can go on to make more appearances in the first team now.”

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