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Dan Bentley: “It was a great team performance”

Shot-stopper on Millwall victory

14 October 2017

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Dan Bentley said that Brentford put in a ‘great team performance’ following the 1-0 victory over Millwall. Romaine Sawyers’ goal shortly after the restart proved to be the difference at Griffin Park, but The Bees had to dig deep to secure their first home victory of 2017/18.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Dan told iFollow Brentford. “It was our first home win of the season; to come away with a well-deserved three points is a brilliant feeling. It was a great team performance. We had to throw bodies on the line at times; there was blocks being made, headers being made and people running their socks off. It wasn’t the complete performance, during the second half we invited too much pressure and we were sloppy on the ball, but this is a game that we’ve been hoping for. We weren’t at our best but we ground out the result and got the three points”.

With 81 minutes on the clock and Lee Gregory readying himself for a penalty kick it looked as though Millwall would make the short trip home with a share of the spoils. Dan, however, had other ideas; overcoming the battle of wits and pushing the spot kick away. The 24-year-old refused to take all the credit for his late heroics.

“Luke Stopforth, Zaheer Shah, Simon Royce and myself do our homework before each game. I won’t delve too much into that for obvious reasons but a lot of it comes down to intuition as well. I’m confident from penalties and it might be a bit unrealistic but I think I can save every penalty I face. I go by that mindset and thankfully that proved to be the case today”.

Dan heaped praise on the Griffin Park faithful following The Bees first three points on home soil.

“We knew the Millwall fans would come and make some noise so it was up to our fans to match that. I thought they did that – the atmosphere, particularly after the full-time whistle – was fantastic. There was a real noise inside Griffin Park. The fans have been screaming out for a performance like that; it wasn’t necessarily pleasing on the eye but we ground out the result”. 

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