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Posted Sunday, September 27th 2020

'Clean sheet is a team effort' - Bentley

Dan Bentley heaped praised on his team-mates for recording a fourth clean sheet in all competitions to help City end September joint top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Tommy Rowe and Jamie Paterson scored two second-half goals to settle the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton Gate, and make it three wins from three in the league – equalling their best start to a season since the 2001/02 campaign.

The victory was also the response City needed after exiting the Carabao Cup just days earlier.

Goalkeeper Bentley told Robins TV it was “important we keep the momentum going.”

Watch: Dan Bentley's post-match reaction...

 

“We had a disappointing result in midweek in the cup but it was important we bounced back to keep our momentum going in the league. I’m really pleased with the clean sheet on a personal level but it’s not just about me, the boys from front to back, everyone’s defending and working as a team. So, three points to cap it all off was great,” he said.

In many ways it was a game of two halves as Sheffield Wednesday carved out the better opportunities in the first half, before Dean Holden’s men turned on the style with a much-improved showing after the break.

“We were disappointed with the first half because we were sloppy and created a lot of their chances for them through mistakes and our own sloppiness,” Bentley said. “That’s what we wanted to eradicate in the second half, limit their play in our final third and we did that. I didn’t have a lot to do but what I did do was at the right times and I made a couple of saves when we needed it. We were really solid, we’re on the same page. The contrast between the first and second half was massive and that’s helped us kill the game off.

“Coming into the second half we knew we couldn’t give them the same amount of chances, we had to be solid and we were. The gaffer asked us what we thought needed to be done and we hit the nail on the head. We knew we were not at it with our passing and we came out a lot better, a lot crisper, we played in the right areas and that helped us to step up the pitch as a unit and help the boys upfront their chances.”

And the shot-stopper hailed the team’s hard-working ethic, adding their desire to keep to clean sheets gives them the foundation from which to attack from.

Bentley continued: “The mentality from front to back, whether that’s Nahki (Wells), Fam (Diédhiou), Chris (Martin), anybody all the way back to me is to keep a clean sheet and that gives us the platform to score goals and win games, so we know if we can keep a clean sheet we have a chance.

“It’s music to my ears that there are 10 players in front of me who are fighting for every ball, they will block and put their bodies on the line. It’s a great mentality for us all to have and it’s nice to know they are all on the same page, to put their bodies on the line to keep clean sheets and then score goals from that foundation.

Highlights: City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

City return to league action against Nottingham Forest on Saturday (October 3rd, 3pm KO), with the match exclusively available to stream on Robins TV.

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