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Bentley: Lucky number 17?

26 March 2014

Dan Bentley hopeful the number on the back of his shirt will match his clean sheet record come 5pm on Saturday

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley heaped praise on Jakub Sokolik and John Egan following three clean sheets in a row for Southend United.

The clean sheet against Oxford United on Monday evening made it 16 for the season for the 20-year-old goalkeeper.

But he was quick to pass on the credit, saying it was a real team effort. Bentley added that he’s been very impressed with the two young defenders who have come in on loan.

He said: “Their record alongside each other speaks for itself so far. Three games and three clean sheets, and they’ve looked very good.

“We’ve got a young core to the side, but that’s credit to the manager for putting faith in us and giving us the opportunity to perform at this level.

“Of course, we’ve got to perform to stay in the team and in the last few weeks that’s what we’ve done. We’ve got three clean sheets in a row twice this season.

“But we’ve not had four in a row up to this stage, so it’d be great to do that on Saturday against Torquay United.

“However the most important thing is that we get the three points against a side fighting for their lives at the bottom.”

Bentley believes Monday night’s win provided a much needed lift for the players ahead of the final seven games.

With four home games left, Bentley says home form will be absolutely crucial between now and the end of the campaign.

He added: “It gave us all a big boost because it has been tough in recent weeks. There’s a buzz about the place again.

“We’ve got seven games left and 21 points left to play for, we’re still confident of being in the play-off places.

“Saturday’s game, and every home game, could be very, very important and we’ll need the same sort of atmosphere as Monday night.”

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