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‘We must be fired up for every game’ – Bentley keen to end campaign strongly

Dan Bentley says City need to show more hunger and motivation in their final three games to end the season positively.

The goalkeeper is keen to shrug off the negativity surrounding the club’s poor form and has called on the group to fight for their all over the next 270 minutes of Championship football.

He is eager not to let any negativity slip into next season’s preparations, but he admits there is frustration after recent results as City get ready for their penultimate game at home to Luton Town.

And Bentley says he and his team-mates must remain as fired up as ever for the next game to compete for a positive result against the Hatters on Sunday (April 25th, 1pm KO).

He told Robins TV: “I don’t think we can rely on defeats and disappointment to fire us up. We need to be fired up for every game, categorically. There’s no excuse for lack of motivation or belief because we know we have the quality and personally, no matter the game or circumstance we should be fighting for every inch of the pitch and point available.

“That can’t come from motivation of a loss because we’re angry, it needs to be a given that we go into games with the motivation to win, and as a minimum to match the motivation of the opponent. If you don’t want a game more than the opponent, then you will lose and we’ve seen that far too many times this season.

“We want to remain positive; we want to finish the season strong. I think we need to go in with more of a hunger to succeed and finish strongly because it would be easy now to let the season peter out into a bit of a damp squib and rely on other teams to drop points.

“The negativity surrounding ending the season poorly will then carry on and we’ve had far too much negativity surrounding our recent results, which is frustrating. None of us want to be associated with losing all the time. It becomes a habit and it’s not one I want to get into.”

As a collective, the goalkeeper says there is much work to do to maintain positivity as he outlines room for improvement heading forward.

Bentley continued: “I’m sick of conceding goals and it’s been clear we’ve conceded far too many cheap goals and had losses where we’ve not applied ourselves correctly. As a group and I include the staff in that too, we need to change the mentality going forward to make sure there is positivity and a good feeling heading into the summer knowing we have at least tried our upmost to end the season positively.

“As a minimum there needs to be more of everything in terms of positivity, effort, endeavour and fight from everybody. I might be coming across frustrated and I am but I’m not one to sit and accept defeat on a regular basis. The manager has told us he’s sick of the negative feeling, nobody wants that.”

City v Luton will be streamed live on Robins TV from 12.30pm.

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