Dan Bentley previews Saturday's Bristol City match
Dan Bentley has enjoyed some time off during the recent break in fixtures but is ready to come back and see out the campaign with The Bees. He sat down to talk ahead of Brentford's clash with Bristol City about time off, defensive progress and season targets.
"We've had an international break in which the vast majority of the players have had a bit of rest, recovery and rejuvination," said Dan. "We've had some that have been away with their respective countries, I'm sure they are still sharp and ready to go.
"I'm a student of the game so I'm always eat, sleep, drink football, watching football, listening or reading about football. I switch off in terms of playing or taking part in any football but I still try and do things to better myself.
"The game volume was quite large going into the international break. I think we finished strongly enough coming into it knowing we can kick on for the rest of the season. We had that break and used the rest to our advantage."
The Bees' last game was an end-to-end encounter with Burton Albion that finished up 5-3 to Dean Smith's side. Dan knows that winning in this fashion can only get the team so far.
"We know we've shipped far too many goals recently," said Dan. "I know that from an individual point of view. We know it from a defensive point of view, and a team one as well, so it's certainly something we've done some work on to get right.
"It's something that we're not happy about. Relying on the lads up top to outscore the opposition is not something I want to get into a habit of, and I'm sure it's something the rest of the boys don't want to get into either.
"We've done a lot of shape work, defensive work and ultimately we've done a lot of attacking work as well. I'm sure we'll go into the back end of the season confident of not shipping as many goals as we have recently. I don't want to concede as many as we have done recently, that's not something I condone at all."
Mentioning the end of the season, now just eight games away, Dan admitted that the squad have been given an objective by the management. He explained that they all know what is expected of them.
"We've got a target and I think it's one that we can certainly achieve," said Dan. "The gaffer obviously believes we can as well and that's why he's given us the target.
"We know what we've got to do, we know what our aim is and we'll do everything we can to make sure this season doesn't fizzle out and end up being a 'nothing to play for'. As I've said before, I'm not a fan of that phrase."