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Dan Bentley: 'working hard to do what we can'

Goalkeeper reflects on a dreary day at Griffin Park

30 March 2018

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Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley reflected on a hard day at the office on Friday afternoon, speaking to iFollow after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Griffin Park.

"My first thought was that it was a bit scrappy," said Dan. "We weren't good enough on the ball I don't think, compared to how we know we can be. The conditions didn't help us but we feel like we should have adapted a bit better and used the ball a bit better in the right areas.

"The final product wasn't as good as it can be but at the end of the day it's a point gained. We've got to come away and look to the next game to make sure we get three points on Monday."

United came into the game looking to solidify their position in the top six, and Dan gave us an insight into the message before the game.

"It's all about taking the game to them," said Dan. "That was the message; take the game to them. When we are on the front foot, make sure we attack well but also nullify the threat that they've got.

"We know that they have got two excellent centre-forwards that have proved it at pretty much every level that they have played. We had to make sure we were aggressive in our approach in a certain way.

"We know that's part of what they do, they had an aggressive team today. They were strong in the tackle, so we had to match that. The message was to go and take the game to them, and I felt like at times we did. I just don't think it lasted as consistently as we'd have liked."

It was pouring with rain from start to finish at Griffin Park today, something that Dan has to be careful of when playing in goal.

"I've played in all kinds of conditions in my career so far," said Dan. "I'm used to those conditions, we train in those conditions. It's been a little bit like that for most of the week. You prepare yourself mentally for those conditions, obviously physically you have to take care of it when you go out and do the job."

Chris Mepham scored the goal to rescue a point for The Bees at home, something that Dan is pleased to see from the man who made his full Wales debut in China this week.

"It's about time he scored isn't it?" laughed Dan. "Meps is a great lad and I'm sure that shines through with interviews and the way he conducts himself off the pitch. So, as a squad we are delighted for him because he deserves it. He works hard, his attitude is second to none so we are chuffed to bits for him."

Bristol City host Brentford on Monday afternoon in the South West with The Bees hoping to go out and get points from every game from now on, according to Dan.

"Go and win every game," he said. "That was our ambition before the game, and that's the ambition now. Go out and win every single game, see where it takes us.

"Obviously we know we are behind in terms of points and we need to rely a little bit on those above us dropping points, which is not ideal. That's the position that we're in so it's up to us to get ourselves out of it. All we can do is our job and win every single game.

"We'll go out to win every single game, as we always do, and take the game to the opposition every single week from now on. We'll try and give ourselves the best possible opportunity but we'll see where it takes us. We'll be working hard to do what we can."

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