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Bentley: Clean sheets the foundation

17 February 2014

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley on Tuesday night's game against Hartlepool United

Daniel Bentley says Blues’ players have a responsibility to lift the crowd from the off against Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.

The goalkeeper says the fans’ support is vital after a couple of disappointing defeats, but knows Blues must give them something to shout about.

With Hartlepool in good form, Bentley is well aware of the tough test that awaits, but is desperate to get back to keeping clean sheets after a couple of tough outings.

He said: “Saturday was disappointing for everyone, and we know the fans were hurting just as much as we were after the game.

“It’s our duty to give them a good performance and get them singing and shouting from the stands as they always do.

“We’ve got to try and keep our shape early in the game, and of course, as a goalkeeper it’s all about a clean sheet.

“If we can do that, then we won’t lose the game and we can build from there. We know they are in good form, but we’ve done well at home all season.

“Before Saturday we hadn’t lost at Roots Hall since October, and it has become a difficult place for teams to come. We need to get back to that on Tuesday night.”

The 20-year-old says Blues need to produce a similar performance to the one against Hartlepool earlier in the season.

On that day, a resolute defence helped Blues to a 1-0 win after Freddy Eastwood had scored an early goal.

He added: “We showed on that day how good we can be defensively, and worked really hard when we went down to ten men.

“We got that early goal and looked for more, but it was harder when we went down to ten men after Barry Corr had been sent off.

“Hartlepool couldn’t break us down though, and that’s exactly what we need to do on Tuesday night.

“They will be confident coming into the game because of their form, but we know what we can do and that’s what we have got to show on Tuesday night.”

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