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Bentley: Great to reach my target, but I want more

7 May 2014

Goalkeeper out for more in the play-offs having reached his initial target

Daniel Bentley has hit his target of 20 clean sheets in the season, but has already set his sights on reaching 23 by the time Blues’ campaign comes to an end.

Heading into the play-off semi-final against Burton Albion, Bentley, whose 39 goals conceded is the second-ever lowest total in a single 46-game season for Blues ever, is hoping to continue that form.

That form has delighted the ‘keeper, but he says there’s still a lot of work to be done before the season is over.

He said: “20 was my target before the start of the season and I’m very pleased that I’ve been able to hit that target, but it’s down to the hard work of the whole team.

“Since John (Egan) and Jakub (Sokolik) have come in, you only have to look at their record to see how good they’ve been, while John White and Ben Coker have been ever-presents.

“Adam Thompson, Luke Prosser, Mark Phillips, and a few loanees, have all played their part in helping us keep the best defensive record in the division this season.

“It’s a nice feat, but there’s the play-offs still to go now. Obviously three clean sheets would be fantastic, but the sole aim has to be promotion now, and we’re confident.”

That confidence though won’t be taken from the two previous wins against Burton Albion, according to Bentley, who believes the play-offs will be completely different.

He said: “The previous results do not matter now. I’ve said before, it’s now the cup mentality we’ve got to be taking into these play-off games.

“It’s a two-legged cup tie and we’ve got to take each game as it comes.

“We’ll be taking nothing for granted and won’t be taking too much confidence from the win at the weekend, as we know it’ll be different.

“I can’t wait for the play-offs to get started. I’m absolutely buzzing, but there’s a job to do, and that’s getting to Wembley and winning promotion.”

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