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Dan Bentley: Promotion is everything I've ever wanted with Blues

24 May 2015

Dan relived to get the win after unfortunate own goal at Wembley Stadium.

Southend United goalkeeper Dan Bentley reflected on a momentous occasion for the Club at Wembley Stadium, but said he was 'relieved' to see Joe Pigott equalise right at the end of extra time.

Joe Jacobson's free kick crashed off the bar, onto Bentley and into the back of the net, but Blues, like on so many occasions this season, battled back to equalise and take the game to penalties.

And Bentley was thrilled with the achievement when we spoke to him after the match.

“It's all I ever wanted for the Club and it's absolutely fantastic,” the Southend number one said.

“To achieve what we have is amazing! I needed to pull something out of the bag after the own goal. It's a relief when Pigs scored to be honest and what a time to get it! The penalty saves are a bonus

“Their goal was outrageous. It happened to me before against them which was ridiculous, and the same thing happened again. Who cares though? We won the game and that's all that matters.

“Everything I've wanted has come to the boil. We deserve it to be honest. We've had things not go our way and have bounced back. We came back from 1-0 down again and we have showed what we're about in the last month or so.”

And like a lot of the players, Bentley couldn't depart Wembley without praising the tremendous support from the 20,000+ Blues fans who gave their backing to the lads throughout.

“It's fantastic to have the backing we've had today from the second I went out for the warm up to the celebrations at the end. It's just a great day for the Club and the fans.

“League One sounds better than League Two. I'm buzzing and so are all the lads in there! Bring it on!”

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