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Bentley eyes City response

Dan Bentley says City can use time to their advantage as they prepare to face Cardiff City in the Severnside derby a week on Sunday.

Bentley was voted the Sky Sports Man of the Match for his display in City’s 2-2 draw away to Barnsley on Friday night, which saw the Tykes battle back from 2-0 down.

The pick of Bentley’s saves included tipping away a curling strike from Mallik Wilks before he turned Conor Chaplin’s effort on to the post. City rallied though through Ashley Williams and Andreas Weimann who both scored headers before Aapo Halme nodded in to cut the deficit in half. And Cauley Woodrow pounced deep into stoppage time to rescue the point.

But with a little over a week before City’s trip to South Wales, Bentley says it will be an opportunity for extended recovery, assessment and focus as City look to bounce back.

The shotstopper said: “There will be a time of recovery. First and foremost we have to recover from tonight, make sure we are good to go next weekend but in terms of the comedown from the game, we will go through the videos in depth on what happened and what we think we can do better.

“There will be a fair amount from everybody. It’s a longer period of time until the next game so we have a bit more time to work on a few bits, a bit more time to rest up and we go to Cardiff to get the three points and nothing else.”

If there was one word to sum up Friday’s trip to Oakwell though it was “disappointment” and for Bentley it was the manner in which the points were shared.

“It feels like a loss to be honest,” he said. “We were in control for most of the game in terms of our play in possession. We weren’t at it as much as we can be but that’s when we need to be resilient.

“We can’t be conceding a two-goal lead, to come away from here with a draw from that winning position is frustrating. We’re all bitterly disappointed. We’ve spent a long time speaking about it, we’ll set out where if we are in that position that it doesn’t happen again.

He continued: “I think we’ve all spoken and everyone is taking responsibility, whether players played well or not. The main thing was the result, I’m there to do a job and whenever I can help the team, I thrive in doing so. I love doing that but in terms of the result and how we are feeling, it doesn’t mask how disappointed we all are and how angry the reaction was in there (the dressing room).

“We know it’s not good enough to throw a two-goal lead, especially away from home we have to manage the game better and that’s everybody to a man. Whether its communication, playing in the right areas, being professional where you play the ball or press and keep them out of your half. We are just really disappointed.”

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