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Bentley: Defensive record a team effort

3 February 2014

Goalkeeper on Blues' excellent defensive record so far this campaign

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley praised every player after hearing that Blues had the joint fourth best defensive record in English league football.

Only Wolves, QPR and Oxford United have a better average time per goal, while Burnley, flying high in the Championship, are level with Blues.

Blues’ young shotstopper, who played his part in another clean sheet for Blues on Friday night, has now set his sights on getting to number one in those standings.

Dan said: “We have been solid as a unit all season. All we can do as a back four is keep clean sheets and try not to concede goals.

“A clean sheet gives us a great platform to work from, but it’s a team effort to pick them up.

“You only have to look at Barry Corr’s workrate to see how hard everyone is working for one another.

“The midfield three, whoever they have been, work so well and really put lots of pressure on the other team.

“It is nice to know that we are one of the best defensively, but hopefully by the end of the season we can be number one.”

When asked what Blues’ defensive record has been down to, Bentley acknowledges the work put in on the training ground.

With both Phil Brown and Graham Coughlan playing in defence during their career, Bentley says Blues work extremely hard on their defensive shape.

He added: “We have spent a lot of time working on our defensive duties as a team in training.

“The manager was obviously a defender and in training he always likes to go through things with fine detail.

“When we’ve had bad spells defensively, we’ve sat down and then got out onto the training ground to work hard at getting better.

“We’re even really disappointed to concede when we’re in training and we all take that attitude into the game.

“It has worked for us up to this stage and we’re pleased with 12 clean sheets, but we’re aiming even higher now.” 

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