Southend United: Record-breaker Daniel Bentley relieved

Daniel Bentley
Daniel Bentley has made 40 appearances this season for Southend

Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley has said he was relieved to set a club record of 11 home clean sheets in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Newport.

The 21-year-old broke Mervyn Cawston's record and added that the rest of team deserved equal accolades as himself.

"It is a relief, I knew it was a big game," he told BBC Essex.

"Each individual that has helped me along the way, everyone that has been protecting my goal, they all need a pat on the back not just me."

Bentley, who missed five games with a groin injury in February and March, has not conceded a goal home or away since 18 March and the Shrimpers have guaranteed a play-off place following four consecutive victories this month, with four matches of the season remaining.

Bentley's home sweet home
15 November: Southend 1-0 Hartlepool29 November: Southend 2-0 Northampton
19 December: Southend 0-0 Burton28 December: Southend 0-0 Dagenham
10 January: Southend 0-0 Plymouth31 January: Southend 1-0 York
10 February: Southend 2-0 Cheltenham21 March: Southend 0-0 Cambridge United
3 April: Southend 2-0 Mansfield11 April: Southend 1-0 Tranmere
14 April: Southend 2-0 Newport County

And the Southend youth product has said he feels humbled to be spoken of in the same way as former Blues keeper Cawston.

"Mervyn has been a family friend for a long time now," he said.

"I was not aware of the record until recently so to be mentioned among people like Mervyn is absolutely fantastic. It is humbling and a real honour.

"If someone goes on to break the record then fantastic but if I am still remembered in 30 years then I think I have done something right."

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