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Posted Saturday, August 24th 2019

Bentley praises ‘ruthless and relentless’ City

City showed the winning mentality to hit Hull City late on and secure their third win in the space of a week.

For shotstopper Daniel Bentley, he said his teammates were able to manage the game and can be proud of their display.

He said: “I don’t think we were as good as we can be throughout the entirety of the game. We complicated things at times. Hull were the better team in the first half, that was fair to say but in terms of our winning mentality and desire, it was ruthlessness which gave us the lead.”

The opening goal came from Benik Afobe, before an almost instant response from Jarrod Bowen. However, an own goal from Reece Burke restored the Robins’ lead as the game neared its end and Afobe rounded off this afternoon’s action with cool finish from close range late on.

“There was some great defending from the lads,” Bentley continued. “I had a bit to do but that’s what I’m there for. In terms of how we set up, we were resilient and ruthless. We had a couple of chances in the first half, we took the penalty and could have had another one.

“The second half was more balanced, we both had a few chances but I felt that because we were resilient in our defending and ruthless going forward, we had two chances within minutes of each other and that was the game dead.

“Our game management side of things was excellent, we limited them and while there are things to work on, we can be really happy with coming to a difficult place like Hull City and getting the three points in a performance we can take so much from.”

For Bentley, the Robins keeper has seen the squad gel in the best possible circumstances, with three wins from their last three games.

They have certainly kicked on from the opening day defeat to Leeds United, showing fighting spirit to fight back and draw away to Birmingham City, before the start of the winning run to date.

Bentley continued: “The last seven days we have taken nine points from nine and we can be really pleased with that. We have to keep going, not get complacent. We can’t think we’ve cracked it because as soon as that happens is when it tuns around stings you.”

And if City can stay on the right path, Bentley says has no doubts the club can leave their mark, adding: “It is easy to lose games and blame it on us being a new team. The fact that we are winning games as a new team, getting better and better and winning in different ways, is testament to the whole group.

“We’re all on the same page, regardless of how long people have been here, what language they speak or whatever the case may be, we all want the same thing.

“If we continue this line it sets us up for a really interesting season and we are more than capable of stamping our mark on this division.”

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