Blues goalkeeper says he doesn't want to experience the pain of last season again...
Daniel Bentley says the pain of last season will drive him, and the team on this time around, to achieve promotion to League 1.
Having had time to reflect on our play-off exit, Bentley is determined to return and not have that same experience come May 2015.
The goalkeeper was understandably down following the aggregate defeat to Burton, and felt his bond with the football club was a big reason behind that.
He said: “I keep saying to people I’ve got blue running through my veins, that’s how much this club means to me. I’ve been here for around six years now, and it’s been an amazing experience since day one.
“The fans have been amazing since that first day, and I try to pay them back for that support by doing my best for the badge, the club and the supporters.
“I’ve said before the fans deserve promotion, so we were gutted for them as much as anyone after Burton Albion, but we will all work hard to get them that in the season around the corner.
“We’ve all had some time to reflect, and of course it’s disappointing, but we’ve all got to put that behind us, everyone at the club, and really give it a good go next season.”
That play-off experience was Bentley’s first, and he says the atmosphere created at Roots Hall for the second leg is something he hopes can be recreated as much as possible next season.
The goalkeeper added: “It was an unbelievable atmosphere, there were a few great atmospheres last season, but that topped the lot.
“We need that as much as we can next season, because like you saw just before half-time in the Burton game, it can really drive the team on.
“If we can get crowds of that size as often as possible, it’ll really help us. It wasn’t a nice experience come the end of it, but I was pleased to get some play-off experience.
“Hopefully next season we won’t need to worry about the play-offs and we can go up automatically. I believe we’re good enough to do so.”