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Penney: Clean sheets credit to everyone

4 April 2014

Dave Penney hopes Blues can make it 18 clean sheets for the season on Saturday at Cheltenham Town

Assistant boss Dave Penney says Blues’ defensive record is a credit to everyone at the club, and hopes they can make it 18 on Saturday.

Blues’ clean sheet record now stands at 17 following four clean sheets in a row and the wins against Torquay United and Oxford United.

A clean sheet on Saturday against Cheltenham Town would at the very least ensure Blues stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

And Penney believes they’ve provided a fantastic base to build from all season long.

He said: “17 clean sheets is a credit to everyone that has been involved so far this season because it’s everyone’s hard work.

“The defenders and Daniel Bentley will take immense pride in that, and so should everyone else, from the midfielders to the strikers.

“Everyone loves to score goals, and I think all clubs would have liked to score more this season, but the clean sheets have given us a fantastic platform.

“If you keep a clean sheet, you’re guaranteed to take at least a point from the game, and more often than not, we do score a goal.”

Penney has been extremely impressed by new defensive pairing Jakub Sokolik and John Egan, who are yet to concede when playing together, and are keeping Luke Prosser out of the side.

“Jakub and John have come together and done fantastically,” he added. “To think, not long ago we were really struggling in terms of defenders.

“They’ve come in, helped keep clean sheets and to show just how well they’re doing, they are keeping Luke Prosser on the bench.

“He’s 100 per cent ready to go, but because of their form, we’re not going to be changing anything.

“They’ve developed a great partnership on and off the pitch. They’re enjoying playing games and they are giving us a real platform to build from.” 

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