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'We've got to be on it defensively'

Dan Bentley looks ahead to Ipswich match this weekend

18 August 2017

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Daniel Bentley told iFollow yesterday that he believes the team will find their feet sooner rather than later in the 2017/18 campaign.

"I don't think it's about the first win," said Dan, "because I think we all believe that will come. It's about being hungry to succeed as a team, and the first win comes within that.

"The first win will be important to get on a run and take momentum going forward, but I don't think anyone is particularly worried or on edge because we know the performances on the whole have been good.

The 24-year-old played in his 50th game for The Bees against Bristol City last weekend. It's a milestone that Dan is pleased to have reached.

"It's a really good acheivement," he said. "I'm really happy with that. It's something that has filled me with a little bit of pride to be fair. I think in total I'm on 210-215 games, which at my age I'm really proud of.

"I've really enjoyed myself here, it's been a learning curve at times. I've gained a lot more experience in a higher division than I have been in previously. That's great and I'm really pleased with how things are going, I'm really happy."

The Englishman then turned his attention to the upcoming Sky Bet Championship clash with Ipswich Town. Dan expects a difficult game when the team travel to Portman Road on Saturday.

"If it's anything like last year," he said, "they were really difficult to play against. They went direct very quickly at times. They didn't really look to play, they looked to close us down and stop us playing and make life difficult for us.

"We came away with a draw there last year, which I think on the balance of play in that game was probably fair. In terms of what we want to do this year, we want to go and get the three points and our first win.

"I expect them to be resolute under Mick McCarthy, his teams always seem to be that way. They'll have attacking players that can cause us problems as well so we've got to be on it defensively."

Dan was also asked about the Carabao Cup Second Round tie with Queens Park Rangers on the horizon. He said: "I looked at the fixtures when they came out, we've got two local derbies on the back of each other twice. I'm not sure if that's by design but whatever the case may be, playing in the derby last year there was a fantastic atmosphere and it was a test that we came through.

"I think on the whole we should be proud of the local derbies we have in terms of West London. This year we want to go in and do one better, doing the double over Fulham would be great.

"Now we've got three games against QPR, with the one on Tuesday night added to the fixture list. I'll expect it will be a tense affair as it always is, a good atmosphere and both teams will be going gung ho to win I'm sure."

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