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Bentley: I'm not the hero

9 January 2013

Youngster insists he's not the hero despite penalty save

Daniel Bentley insisted he wasn’t the hero – despite saving a penalty to help Blues progress to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Area final.

Bentley replaced Paul Smith in the 91st minute with boss Paul Sturrock insisting Daniel was ‘a specialist’ when it came to saving spot-kicks. 

The decision proved to be spot-on as Bentley saved from Alfie Potter before Elliot Benyon stepped up to fire Blues into the next round.

Speaking after the game, the youngster was very modest. He said: “I’m no hero. Paul did really well for the 90 minutes and a little bit of stoppage time.

“I was delighted to come on and play a part – especially as it helped us get into the next round of the competition.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a penalty specialist, I have just spent time studying the likes of Joe Hart and it seems to have paid off.”

Asked if his heroics in the Bury shootout had given him confidence, he said: “Yeah, definitely. It made me realise that I can save penalties and although it’s a bit of potluck I am confident when someone is stepping up to take a penalty.

“I dived the wrong way for the first three you have to remember! But luckily I went the right way with the fourth one and made the save.”

And Daniel would love to cement a starting spot. “I’ve said before I am not here to be sitting on the bench but Paul is an experienced goalkeeper and he has been doing well. 

“I will just keep working hard and doing the right things and then you never know. That’s all I can do.

“I’m just delighted to have played a part tonight in helping the team into the next round of the competition.”

An exclusive interview with Dan will be on Blues Player tomorrow.

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