Daniel Bentley was adamant that Brentford have progressed as a side following last season’s ninth-place in the Sky Bet Championship. The 2017/18 London Goalkeeper of the Year featured in all but one of The Bees’ 46 league games, taking his tally for the Club to 92 across all competitions.
“We finished a bit short of what we wanted to achieve,” admitted Dan. “We finished so close to the Play-Offs and while it wasn’t quite enough, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. The penalty save against Millwall is up there and the performance against Birmingham City at home sticks in the mind. There’s been a lot of good moments on both a personal and team level that I’ll look back upon with great fondness. It’s a season in which we’ve progressed.”
The former Southend United stopper was pleased to announce he’d met his clean-sheet target having refused to reveal the figure during the season:
“15 was my target set out at the start of the season by the gaffer (Dean Smith) and Roycey (Simon Royce) – I told you I’d tell you at the end of the season so there it is,” a smiling Dan told iFollow Brentford. “It’s great that we achieved that as a defensive unit and as a team. When we defend we defend as a team, so it’s important the whole group gets recognition. I’m hungry for more and it definitely could have been more, but we’ll take what we’ve got.”
Dan was full of praise for Luke Daniels and Simon Royce – two men he’s worked closely with over the past ten months:
“Myself, Luke and Roycey are in each other’s pockets! As goalkeepers we’re separate from the rest of the group. When we travel I room with Luke so we do spend a lot of time together. My relationship with him is great – I knew him before he came to Brentford and that relationship has continued in the same manner. We’ve gone from strength to strength as a goalkeeping department and we’ve got Jack Bonham coming back into the mix who I also get along very well with. It’s a tight-knit group which we can hopefully keep together.”
With the curtain falling on 2017/18, Dan said he hoped for a low-key summer this time around following his life-saving heroics in Thailand last year:
“I don’t want to be saving lives! I’ve got a couple of holidays booked and hopefully I won’t be diving in any more pools with drowning men. My plan is to put my feet up and relax; it’s been a long ten months so it’s time to recharge for next year.”
Dan and the lads will be back at Griffin Park on Saturday 28 July for our pre-season friendly against Watford as they prepare for the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign. Get ready for next season by supporting The Bees as a 2018/19 Season Ticket Holder. Early Bird Deadline is approaching so don’t miss out, secure your place online now before prices increase.