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Bentley: Defensive base to build from

22 March 2014

Dan Bentley pleased to pick up another clean sheet, but frustrated Blues didn't take all three points

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was pleased to pick up a 15th clean sheet of the season but admitted Blues were frustrated not to have taken three points away from the Memorial Stadium.

Bentley was rarely troubled on Friday evening and was again impressed by defensive pairing Jakub Sokolik and John Egan.

But he admitted Blues need to start taking their chances to end this run without a win and start pushing themselves back up the table.

He said: "Defensively we looked solid and for me it was one of those games where I just had to just stay alert.

"I can't remember having too many saves to make but the conditions were tough so you've always got to be ready for anything.

"We knew they would look to get set pieces and throw ins into the box but I thought we dealt with it pretty well.

"I think the record speaks for the two lads. The two games they've played we've kept a clean sheet and they've played a big part in that.

"Defensively we've got something to build on but we've got to be disappointed we didn't take one of the chances to win the game."

Bentley insists the team spirit and togetherness is still there despite Blues' poor form, but admits confidence may just be what is missing.

He said: "We've got a great group here and we are still together and believe we can turn things around and get back in the play-offs.

"Of course it's just that one win that could change everything but we've got to just keep working hard to get that.

"Maybe it's a case of a bit more confidence on the ball or in front of goal, but as I say, we will keep working hard to turn our fortunes.

"It is a big game on Monday night with the cameras at Roots Hall and a great chance for us to pick up points on Oxford."

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