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Dan Bentley: I'd trade clean sheets in if it meant promotion with Southend United

13 April 2015

Southend's number one could break a record tomorrow night against Newport County, but wants promotion in the long-term.

Considering he is one game away from potentially breaking a 34-year Southend United record, goalkeeper Dan Bentley was in modest mood, ahead of Blues' home clash with Newport County at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old will make his 105th Southend appearance against the Exiles, and it's a big night for the 'keeper, who knows a clean sheet will mean a record-breaking 11th consecutive one at Roots Hall in the league – breaking good friend Mervyn Cawston's record of ten.

“I don't think it's something I've set out to achieve or thought about,” Dan said at Boots & Laces Training Ground on Monday.

“It's only the media and people behind the scenes who tell me the stats. I'm just here to do a job and clean sheet is just something I set out to do.

“Mervyn [Cawston] congratulated me, even before the game – I think he was certain that I'd do it. He's a legendary goalkeeper at this Football Club, and he could have made it easier for me by getting five or six clean sheets!

“It's fantastic to be mentioned alongside the likes of Mervyn Cawston, a real honour. I'm not going out to break the record, I'm going out there to get a clean sheet and win the game. If it happens then it will have been a real team achievement.”

And Bentley said he will happily trade in the clean sheets, if it means the Blues will be playing in Sky Bet League One next season.

“It's fantastic to do it, but the bread and butter is the three points,” the Basildon-born stopper said.

“I'd take not having a clean sheet record if we get promoted, absolutely. This Club doesn't deserve to be in League Two. I don't want to be in League Two and none of the other lads want to be in League Two.

“We have to aim to win every game now and that starts with the three points against Newport County on Tuesday night.”

Watch a full interview with Dan on Blues Player by clicking here.

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