Daniel Bentley looks ahead to this weekend’s trip to Norwich City
Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is fully confident that Brentford can end their wait for a Sky Bet Championship victory when they head to Carrow Road on Saturday to take on Norwich City. The Bees are on a run of three straight league defeats but that hasn’t dented confidence within the walls at Griffin Park according to The Bees stopper.
Speaking to Bees Player ahead of the trip to East Anglia, Daniel said: “We are a young group. Everybody is on a learning curve from Josh Clarke, who is one of the younger members of the group, to Lasse Vibe, who is one of the most senior members. In the face of a couple of poor results in the last week I think that the boys will learn. You learn about yourself when things aren’t going so well as supposed to when they are going well. There is every faith in the dressing room that we can reproduce the form we showed at the start of the season. We know what we can produce as we showed at Brighton and in the games against Reading and Preston North End. A couple of bad results doesn’t make a bad team and it doesn’t make a bad player. All the boys know that.”
Norwich themselves come into the game on a run of poor form, without a league win since mid-October and out of the Play-Off places for the first time this campaign. Despite their recent run, Daniel is not going to take The Canaries lightly but feels The Bees have enough to go out and impose themselves on their opponents.
“We know that they started off incredibly well and had some fantastic results,” said Daniel. “They were scoring goals and incredibly difficult to beat. Having said that there are no easy games in this league whether a team is under pressure or not. It is about our performance on the day and how we approach the game. I’m not going there thinking that they are under pressure and that we can nick a result. I want us to stamp our authority on the game, frustrate them when we need to, and take our chances when we get them. At the same time, we need to defend from the front and stay solid at the back like we did against Brighton and Hove Albion. A performance in that vein will get us over the line and get us the three points.”
The 23-year-old has been in fine form since arriving in the summer from Southend United, keeping seven clean sheets in 18 league games so far this campaign. The Bees had one of the meanest defences in the Championship to start the season but just recently Daniel admits sloppy goals have started to creep in, something he wants to end, starting this Saturday at Carrow Road.
“We need to keep striving to play the way the manager wants us to play and the way we want to play as a group,” said Daniel. “If we do that then I am sure that we will come good and get the results that we want. The gaffer has made reference that the goals we have conceded lately have been two penalties, set pieces, and an own-goal which is very uncharacteristic for us. It’s frustrating when we go through the clips to see that we are conceding those goals which might be down to an individual or collective error. We need to get back to being difficult to break down and getting bodies on the line. At times over the last few games we have been too easily exposed and that has shown in the goals we have conceded.”