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Dan Bentley: “We’ve not quite had the rub of the green”

Shot-stopper reflects on the season so far

8 October 2017

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Dan Bentley believes that Brentford have “not quite had the rub of the green” during the opening months of the season. The 24-year-old – who has played in all 11 of The Bees Sky Bet Championship games this term – said that the international break provided the squad with a perfect opportunity for some fine tuning ahead of October’s round of fixtures.

“We’ve continued the work that we were doing prior to the international break,” Dan told iFollow Brentford. “There’s things that we wanted to iron out and during the last few days we’ve been working hard to utilise the international break to make sure it’s an advantage. It should stand us in good stead going forward”.

Despite losing only one of their last seven league matches, Dan expressed his frustration at the side’s current points tally.  

“I feel a bit indifferent regarding the season so far,” admitted Dan. “The performances have, on the whole, been excellent, but results-wise it hasn’t been excellent. It’s been very up and down; it took us a while to get that first win and there’s been games that we should have won and didn’t. We’ve not got the return that we wanted or perhaps deserved – that’s something that we’ve addressed as a team and as long as we keep doing the right things we’ll start getting wins.

“It’s a cliché but everything evens itself out over the course of the season. I think we’ve had a lot of our bad luck early on – we’ve not quite had the rub of the green at times. We’ve certainly got a group that can compete at this level, we’ve shown that. I’m sure that the fans are frustrated that we’ve not picked up the points but they can certainly see when we’re performing well – there’s no two ways about it, we’ve performed well”.

Dan was handed the captain’s armband during the closing stages of Brentford’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough; a responsibility that fills the former Southend United stopper with relish.

“I’ve always tried to have that leadership skill in my game ever since I was young. It’s something that I wanted to grow up with and the captaincy is certainly a role which, if it was ever offered to me, I’d thrive off. John (Egan) is the captain and Nico (Yennaris) is the vice-captain which I’m fully respectful of; they’re both good pros and good lads and I get on with both of them extremely well. It was a great honour and a privilege to wear the armband for the first time in my career”.

Finally, we asked what a professional footballer does with a rare weekend off: “My Mrs and I have not long moved into a new house so we’ll be doing bits around there and putting our own stamp on it; buying bits and pottering around in the garden. I feel like a 65-year-old man saying that! We’re going to take a bit of time to ourselves and chill out for the weekend”. 

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