Southend United goalkeeper Dan Bentley is aiming to continue his side’s good run when Shrewsbury Town visit Roots Hall on Academy Day this Saturday.
Bentley, who has come through the youth set-up with Blues is grateful to the staff who helped develop him into Blues’ number one for the Club.
“Going into the first team after coming through the youth system means that the Club holds a strong place in my heart.
“The work the Academy staff do here is fantastic. Ricky Duncan was the main man when I was here and he and his staff do a great job.
“To play in the first team week in week out is something that’s very special to me.
“A few Premier League sides can learn a lot from our development styles. We learn things from them but they can do the same with us.
“Bringing players through to play in the first team is Rick’s job and he does it very well.”
The 21-year-old stopper has paid credit to his team-mates following a run of three consecutive wins in Sky Bet League Two.
The goalkeeper had two clean sheets in those games but Bentley confesses the team winning games of football is the most important thing.
“I think the lads are making my job quite easy. I take the clean sheets over conceding two goals but the most important thing is that the team are winning.
“We have a team working together and although it’s taken a while, I think we’re starting to gel now.
“We defend from the front. The likes of Barry Corr, Shaq, Myles Weston are all harrying up front and we do our job at the back.”
And on the game against fellow highflyers Shrewsbury, Bentley admits Blues cannot take Micky Mellon’s side lately as Phil Brown’s side aim to continue their rise up the table.
“They’re a good side and we’ll be looking to do similar to what we did against Stevenage.
“They’ve had a great draw in the cup but it’s important that we do our job. It’s about us and with home advantage we fancy ourselves to get the result we want.
“I’m confident we can continue our good form. We’re on a good run at the moment and we want to continue it on Saturday.”