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Dan Bentley: It will be an honour to make my 100th Blues appearance

18 March 2015

Goalkeeper wants to mark century of appearances with a victory over Burton Albion.

Southend United goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is looking forward to making his 100th appearance for the Club – if selected – when Blues take on Burton Albion on Wednesday evening in a top of the table clash.

A graduate of the Blues' youth system, Bentley has been a mainstay in the side since making his debut back in September 2012.

“I've known for a little while that the 100 mark was on the horizon,” the 21-year-old admitted. 

“To achieve a century of games is a fantastic achievement for me and I'm proud and honoured to do it for Southend United, a Club where I've come through the ranks at.”

Bentley has endured a frustrating last couple of weeks due to injury, but now feels 100% and is aiming to keep his place in the side for the home straight of this 2014-15 campaign.

“It was frustrating to be injured recently, when I knew I was on 97 or 98 games. Unfortunately I picked up an injury that only time was going to be the healer for it. 

“I was delighted for Ted [Smith] to make his debut. I think he will go to the very top. He's done fantastically but I'm pleased the boss has decided to put me back in.

“I felt it halfway through the Shrewsbury game. I went into the Cheltenham game and felt I could get through it. I don't like hiding behind injuries. 

“The day after I was really struggling. It was sore, and it was one of those where if I had kept playing, I could have torn my groin.

“The next seven days will determine if we are a good team or not. We have to take the Dagenham performance into the game against Burton and then onto Saturday. It will be a tough test, we know what they're all about though – we've played them a lot over the last couple of seasons.”

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