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Bentley: A collective effort

21 November 2013

Goalkeeper says the whole team deserve accolades for nine clean sheets so far this season

Daniel Bentley says the nine clean sheets Blues have picked up so far this season have been a collective effort, and he’d love to make it ten against York City on Saturday.

Bentley has missed just one game for Blues this season, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Dagenham & Redbridge, and has played with a host of different back fours.

But he says the squad togetherness and ability within the group means it doesn’t matter who steps in to fill the void.

He said: “The quality we’ve got here in the squad means it doesn’t really matter who is playing because everyone has the ability to step in and do a really good job.

“The clean sheets we’ve picked up so far this season have been great and to have nine already is fantastic. It’s a real team effort and the clean sheets are for everyone.

“The lads in defence have been doing a terrific job and I know sometimes I’ll be called upon to make important saves. We’re all in it together and it is paying off.

“Having now had three runs of three wins and three clean sheets, it’d be great if we could make it four wins in a row for the first time against York City.”

Bentley however is expecting a tough test, but says the bumper crowd can really spur Blues on to three points and an important win he hopes can spark an unbeaten run.

He said: “This time last year we had a really good run and I believe we’re capable of doing the same again this time around.

“We’re under no illusion that the game against York City will be tough. There’ll be no complacency from our side, we know they will cause us problems.

“But at the moment we’re full of confidence and belief and feel like we can win again and go on a good unbeaten run.

“The fans can also play their part and we’re all really looking forward to having a bumper crowd at Roots Hall for the game.

“They’ve been brilliant all year and I’m sure they will be again on Saturday.”

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