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Bentley: Different mentality at home

2 August 2013

Goalkeeper says Blues must play without fear at Roots Hall on Saturday against Plymouth Argyle

Daniel Bentley wants Blues to play without fear at home when they entertain Plymouth Argyle on Saturday in the opening game of the 2013/14 season.

Bentley, who signed a new three-year contract with Blues on Thursday, wants Blues to take the game to their opponents and forget about last season’s problems at home.

The 20-year-old said: “I think last season teams turned up when they came to Roots Hall and we didn’t in terms of performance levels.

“That can’t happen in League 2 because you will get punished and you’ll pick up bad results at home which is exactly what happened to us for the majority of the season.

“We have to play without fear on Saturday, play in the right way, that we’ve been working on all pre-season and hopefully come away with the three points.

“It’s important we start the season well but it’s going to be a tough game. They’ve got some quality players there and a good squad. The manager came in towards the end of the season so he’s had the summer to put his ideas across.

“Our fans can make a real difference though. They have always been different class but the more that turn up the better the atmosphere and the more intimidating away teams find it.

“Hopefully there will be a good crowd at Roots Hall on Saturday and we can all leave happy after the game with three points in the bag.”

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