Date: 15th April 2015 at 9:16am
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Daniel Bentley set a new club record of successive clean sheets at Roots Hall, which is some achievement from our young goalkeeper, but more importantly we beat Newport two nil on Tuesday to keep alive our chances of automatic promotion.

Bentley will be delighted, and rightly so, with this eleventh straight clean sheet for Southend at home but the win will mean more to him if it helps us into League 1 at the end of the season automatically. Bentley’s goal was threatened, more than once, but when Newport’s David Tutonda and Aaron O’Connor beat him they saw effort hits the woodwork and not nestle into the back of it.

The breakthrough came in first half injury time when Cian Bolger headed home, the defender making the most of his inclusion due to an injury to another in an attacking sense as well as a defensive one.

When the second goal came early in the second half from Nottingham Forest loanee Stephen McLaughlin the points were secured and Bentley could celebrate his club record as well as a win with Newport’s own play off hopes now fading.

It’s still looking likely that we’ll need the play offs again this season but a day, that had seen reports say that Phil Brown could depart for Portsmouth, ended positively but wins for Wycombe Wanderers and Bury kept them ahead of us with third placed Wycombe still five point in front of us un the third an final automatic promotion spot.

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