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Bentley: 'If opportunity knocks, I'm there to keep the door closed'

Goalkeeper previews Brentford's weekend clash with Ipswich Town

6 April 2018

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Dan Bentley spoke to the gathered press at Jersey Road on Thursday, ahead of Ipswich Town's visit to Griffin Park this weekend.

The goalkeeper covered victory at Bristol City, his clean sheet target and the team's Play-Off ambitions.

"I think [Monday] was a bit of a stark contrast to Friday's game," said Dan. "I've probably gone from one of my busiest games of the season, to most definitely the quietest. That's always a good sign of how we perform.

"I thought we started slowly but in the main I thought we controlled it. I thought we dominated possession. We moved it, not as well as what we can but we moved it well. We dominated and deserved the goal, we had 27 shots on their goal and only two against with none on target. That tells you pretty much all you need to know."

Without much to do on Monday afternoon in BS3, Dan touched upon what he needs to do to stay focussed in situations like that.

"It's a matter of staying in the zone and making sure that my intensity levels are correct," said the 24-year-old. "Back when we played against Birmingham, we were five-nil up and I had a last-minute save to make against Sam Gallagher from a cross into the box.

"I'm always ready, I'm always on the prowl, especially when a clean sheet's on the line. I want to get a clean sheet whenever there's an opportunity to get one. We go out and strive to keep a clean sheet every game, no matter whether we are five-nil up or one-nil up, we want to make sure we get a clean sheet.

"From a concentration point of view, it's just a matter of making sure that everything I do is correct and I don't get sloppy, keeping the lads in front of me in check."

Dan also highlighted how much work he has to do during the game that isn't with his hands.

"From my point of view, I'm always organising," said Dan. "You never see me standing still in my own box or my own half. We've had GPS recently and I've given a bit of analysis to how much I move. I'm doing about 6km per game, which obviously isn't running or sprinting but I'm moving and making sure that if opportunity knocks then I'm there to keep the door closed.

"If I have a game where there is nothing to do then great, it means everyone in front of me is doing their jobs. I can come away from the game and look back knowing I've not had too much to do, which is nice after Friday."

Asked whether he would enjoy six more clean sheets, he responded: "Absolutely, why not?"

"The challenge was put to me this morning when I poked my head in and spoke to Simon Royce. Thomas Frank gave me the challenge of however many clean sheets we can get. I won't tell you what my target is but it was nice to equal last year's tally with six games to go. From a personal perspective, and even from a team perspective, to equal that with six games to go is a real achievement. It's a step forward."

Talking about the team's Play-Off hopes, Dan is confident that the squad are still in the fight.

"Prior to the Easter period, we went from eight points off to five. I think Sheffield United was certainly a point gained, we know we weren't at our best that game but it was a point gained against a team that are vying for the same positions that we are. 

"Bristol City, again, was an excellent three points because they are also looking to get in those positions. That's two of the opposition we had where we knew they were above us and we got four points out of six, which I think is a good return. 

"The focus is still on getting promoted, that's what we set out to do at the start of the season and that's what we still want to do as of now. We'll be going into the game on Saturday with the same mentality; keep a clean sheet, score as many goals as possible and get on to the next game. Every game is the most important one of the season now."

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