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Bentley: Consistency is the most important thing

9 June 2014

Goalkeeper out to continue consistency from last season during 2014-15

Having reached his target of 20 clean sheets during his first full campaign as Southend United’s number one, Daniel Bentley says he’ll be looking to improve on that next time around.

Blues’ goalkeeper is yet to set his target for the new campaign, but will sit down with manager Phil Brown and goalkeeping coach Terry Mason during pre-season to look ahead.

He said: “20 was the aim for the season last time around, and I was absolutely delighted to reach that figure, it’s just a shame I couldn’t add a couple more in the play-offs.

“I want to kick on again next season, but the most important thing is consistency. Anyone can have one good season, but it’s about producing season-to-season.

“We’ll go through our targets as a team and individually during pre-season, and I’ll sit down with the manager and Terry to look at what we feel I can achieve this time around.

“The main target is promotion, and clean sheets play an important part in that. Getting 20 last season and having the best defensive record in the league was testament to everyone. We want to improve on that next season.”

Bentley was grateful to manager Phil Brown for the faith he showed in him last season, giving him the opportunity to grab the number one shirt, and keep hold of it – missing just one game (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).

He added: “I’m very thankful to the manager for the season I’ve just had, because it’s very easy to call on experience, but he stuck by me and that’s great for me.

“I had the opportunity last pre-season to earn the shirt and he stuck with me for the Plymouth game. I was pleased to repay the faith he put in me.

“I’ll come back in pre-season, get another good one under my belt, and on the opening day of the season we’ll go again.”

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