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Dan: Keep doing what we're doing

19 August 2013

Goalkeeper says Blues mustn't get ahead of themselves after making a perfect league start

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley says Blues must just ‘keep doing what they are doing’ after making a perfect start to League 2 this season.

Bentley saved a penalty on Saturday against Northampton Town to help himself and Blues keep their third clean sheet of the season.

It meant Blues also won their third straight league game and the 20-year-old says they must not get ahead of themselves after making such a good start.

He said: “I think last season we didn’t go into games with the right attitude, especially at home, but that’s not been the case this season.

“We have made a great start but the key thing now is not to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to stay grounded and just keep performing as we’re doing.

“The manager has made that clear, saying that we have got to just keep producing similar performances and keep picking up results.

“It’s been a fantastic start and we couldn’t be any happier. We’ve defended magnificently and scored some good goals. Too be joint top with three wins is the perfect start.”

Bentley saved from former Blues loanee Roy O’Donovan, but despite having trained with him when the striker was at Blues, he didn’t have any previous knowledge of what way to go with the penalty.

He said: “It didn’t have any to do with when Roy was at Southend. You can’t really do any homework so early in the season as he’s not taken a penalty yet.

“I had nothing to go by but just took everything into consideration including the crowd and thankfully I made the right decision. I think it showed the team spirit in the team when I saved that and all the lads ran over almost forgetting there was a corner to defend.”

The penalty save played a big part in Blues recording their third clean sheet of the season and Bentley says a huge factor in that is the understanding between himself and the defenders.

He added: “It’s really important to have a good bond with the defenders so I know what they expect of me and they know what I expect of them.

“If we’re not achieving those standards we know we can talk to each other and discuss it. Mark Phillips has done brilliantly so far this season and Adam Thompson stepped in and put in a great performance against Northampton.

“The manager has spoken about the competition for places. The competition to be in the starting XI is healthy.

“There’s a real hunger among the squad. Those starting want to keep their place and those on the bench are pushing everyone else in training to try and earn a spot in the team.”

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