Daniel Bentley on Blues' turn in fortunes at Roots Hall heading into the game against Chesterfield
Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley says a new found belief and confidence at Roots Hall is the reason Blues’ form at home has picked up.
Blues’ home form last season was one of the main factors that led to the promotion push falling away in the latter stages of the season.
But the young goalkeeper believes it will be different this time around, continuing with Chesterfield on Saturday.
He said: “Last season we just weren’t good enough at home and that in the end proved to be a major factor in us not getting promotion.
“We’ve been a lot better this season and I think that’s down to a new-found belief and confidence when playing at Roots Hall.
“We want to play well for the fans and the manager and in recent weeks we have been doing that.
“There’s been some really good atmospheres at Roots Hall this season, the York and Portsmouth games are two that stand out.
“The fans were magnificent and they really helped us to get the late goals in both of those games.
“Chesterfield are a good side but we’ve shown against them this season we can beat them.
“We obviously were very unlucky to lose the league game, but we can’t afford to drop more points to them, so it’s a really big game.”
Bentley is also hoping to turn in another clean sheet, having picked up 11 so far this season.
In recent weeks, Blues have conceded once, but Bentley is convinced a clean sheet is just around the corner.
“The goal against Plymouth was frustrating because it took a deflection and left me with no chance,” he added.
“But we’ve been solid defensively in recent weeks and although we’ve not kept a clean sheet for four games, we’ve looked solid throughout.
“Hopefully we can pick up a few more clean sheets in the next few games because as a goalkeeper that is what you want to be doing.”