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Dan Bentley: Great to get the record and we must embrace 'good pressure'

15 April 2015

Dan delighted to break record against Newport County.

Southend United number one Dan Bentley was pleased to keep his record-breaking 11th consecutive home clean sheet, as Blues earned another fine win, this time against Newport County at Roots Hall.

Goals from Cian Bolger and Stephen McLaughlin won the game for the hosts, but all the talk was about Bentley, who broke Mervyn Cawston's 34-year record.

And the current Blues 'keeper says the side must now 'embrace' the 'good pressure', with just four games to go of the season.

“Each individual involved deserves a pat on the back as well,” he said. “It's a team achievement, not just me.”

“It's not really sunk in yet. Saturday was special in itself and to be mentioned with people like Mervyn [Cawston] is humbling and a real honour.

“If someone goes on to break it then that's fantastic. If people remember me in 30 years time then I'll have done something right! I said I didn't want to come out and break the record. I set out to win games and to help the Club get promotion. That's the aim.

“We have to keep getting three points, keep pushing, keep keeping clean sheets and whatever will be, will be. We have to keep pressing on now.

“We're prepared. All games are as big as each other. This is where it matters.”

And Bentley wants Blues to thrive for the remaining matches of the season, starting at Exeter City on Saturday.

“There's good pressure on us. We've recently played Hartlepool and Tranmere who are under pressure because they could be in the Conference next season. We have to embrace the pressure we're under.

“The support I've had since day one has been fantastic. I'm very grateful for the support I've received over the years and it's massively appreciated.”

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