Date: 17th February 2015 at 11:45am
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An eighth successive cleansheet at Roots Hall was something that Dan Bentley was chasing at the weekend – Southend might have lost but the fact that he wasn’t involved means he’ll still go in search of that next time we’re at home, assuming he’s back in the side!

It was a surprise when the teams were announced that Bentley wasn’t in it but with him having a ‘slight groin problem’ Phil Brown told the Echo it wasn’t worth risking a tear.

‘It would’ve been a risk playing Dan because of goal kicks and dealing with back passes but it’s nothing too serious and he could be back at the weekend.

‘On average goalkeepers normally kick the ball forward about 50 times and that would probably have resulted in Dan tearing his groin.’

Bentley was left out more as a ‘precautionary measure’ but Brown is sure that he’ll be fit to return against Stevenage, which is he does, it doesn’t mean that Ted Smith is ‘being dropped’ more that he is ‘replacing one very good young goalkeeper with another one,’ after all Bentley is out no.1 isn’t he.

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