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Bentley hails team performance

City followed up Jamie Paterson’s vital strike with some heroic defending to secure a 1-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Nathan Baker and Ashley Williams cleaned up as the Royals battled for a way back, with Williams making a notable goal-line clearance as the hosts pushed for a late equaliser.

But thanks to City’s commitment to block every ball possible and fighting spirit, they were able to see out the win.

Speaking about the performance, goalkeeper Dan Bentley said: “We are really pleased. I don’t think we can get too ahead of ourselves, obviously we will enjoy the win at a really difficult place to come with 2,000-odd fans who have managed to make the journey which we really appreciate.

“So to give them something to cheer about at a difficult place against a team challenging, is really pleasing for us. We will celebrate this win tonight and make sure we are ready to follow it up on Saturday.”

And Bentley hailed his teammates as “outstanding”.

There was praise for Nathan Baker and co

He continued: “A special mention goes to the two centre-halves who, in terms of balls into our box, we looked to them two to make sure they deal with that.

“They were unbelievable tonight with the headers they won. As a team we defended really well and you saw towards the end 11 players behind the ball, all fighting for the cause, to keep the three points and clean sheet which is great for me. It’s my desire to keep the ball out of the net and if I have 10 others doing that with me, it gives us a good platform to go and win games like we did tonight.”

There was special mention to the fans too, of which 1,934 City supporters travelled along the M4 to witness the 1-0 victory, and their noise and energy certainly didn’t go unrecognised.

“To bring those numbers on a Tuesday night is brilliant,” Bentley said. “People have to leave work early and rush to get there so to have those fans out-singing the home supporters, almost made it feel like home for us really. They are really important to us, to have that noise and support behind us really does drive us forward. The scenes you saw at the end were great both for us for them.”

Watch the full post-match interview below.