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Bentley: Delighted with the clean sheet

13 April 2013

Young goalkeeper happy to record his first clean sheet in the first team

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was delighted to record his first clean sheet in the first-team as Blues drew 0-0 with Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall.

Bentley was recalled in goal for the visit of John Ward’s side and was rarely tested as Blues dominated but failed to find an all important goal to hand Phil Brown his first win in charge.

The young ‘keeper though was delighted to have been recalled and picked up the clean sheet, but was full of praise for the hardworking defence and midfield in front of him.

He said: “It’s great to be back. All I want to do is help the team as much as I can, I just love being out on the pitch and playing in big games.

“It was frustrating to lose my place but I had a chat with the manager about the reasons why the manager changed it, I understood what he was saying.

“It made me determined to prove him wrong and earn my place back in the side so it was great to be back in the side today in front of the home fans.

“I am delighted to have kept a clean sheet, it’s my first one in a first team shirt so it’s a day I will always remember.

“But full credit must go to the back four and the whole team really as we pressed well, the three midfielders worked really hard and we really didn’t let them have a sniff at goal.

“We didn’t take any chances and we pressed them well. In an ideal world I don’t have to make any saves and that was the case today, I just had to make sure I did the basics right.”

Bentley was impressed by the way Bristol Rovers worked as a unit defensively, but couldn’t quite believe Blues hadn’t found a goal to get ahead in the game.

“All credit to them because as a defensive unit they were very solid,” he said. “Steve who I know well from his time here made a great double save.

“On another day we probably would have won the game comfortably but as a unit it’s something we can certainly build on in the remaining three games.

“It was a solid performance, the shape and set-up of the team qas good and we can only go forward from here playing like we did today.”

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