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BENTLEY | Walsall defeat "bitter pill to swallow"

17 April 2016

Blues Keeper gives his reaction to Walsall loss

Blues keeper, Daniel Bentley admits the players were gutted by yesterday’s late defeat to Walsall.

Southend had fought tooth and nail to come away from Banks’s Stadium with a positive result, none more so than Bentley who put in an inspired performance between the sticks.

But sadly a late Jordy Hiwula strike was to cause them to come away empty handed, which the Blues stopper says is a tough one to take.

“We’re devastated, there’s a real disappointment in the dressing room.” Bentley said.

“The boys have fought tirelessly for 88 minutes and one little error has cost us the game.

“Did we deserve to lose? I probably don’t think so with the way we defended, with the way we kept our shape and the way we kept grinding.

“At the end of the day, one set piece has cost us and that’s a recurring thing and it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”

Bentley had arguably his best performance of the season yesterday, pulling out some saves of the highest order.

Although he didn’t get the result his display perhaps deserved, Bentley says he and he players are now firmly focused on finishing the season on a high.

“I’m a goalkeeper, I love making saves, it’s what I’m here for.

“That’s my job, but not by any means am I going to take credit because if it counted for something, if we got the three points I would be sat here delighted with the fact I’ve made saves.

“But the back three were tremendous and were putting their bodies on the line all day.

“The boys will play with pride and passion until the final whistle goes in the final game; there’s no shadow of a doubt about that.

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