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Dan Bentley


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4 minutes ago, Offside said:

Yes, I’ve been impressed too. He’s made good saves and his distribution is good. He seems like a strong character as well. 

Seemingly he had a shit season last season and his confidence was shot so to will be interesting to see if he has a strong character when he makes a big mistake and how he deals with it.

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He is a brilliant keeper and he had an excellent game on Saturday making several awesome saves and his kicking is the best I have seen from a City keeper in my 30 + years as a City fan.

I believe Maenpaa is now fit, but he is unlikely to replace Bentley any time soon - unless Dan gets injured. 

 

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The few that were concerned by him were right to be concerned. He was very poor last season. However I think he has done well.

But him or Maenpaa? Maenpaa for me if I had to compare the two. But I imagine Bentley will have to have some bad games for that to happen. Thought he had a couple of very dodgy moments in the game yesterday that he got away with.

Maenpaa is a goalie who barely has any bad moments, ever. That's the level he was at last season. Best goalie in Championship last season, or close with Henderson. Don't get how Randolph got in the team of the year, made numerous mistakes.

Great competition between the 2.

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28 minutes ago, gordie said:

Seemingly he had a shit season last season and his confidence was shot so to will be interesting to see if he has a strong character when he makes a big mistake and how he deals with it.

His young son was critically ill during last season and he’s was clearly distracted by it. 

Now that he’s recovered from that he appears to be getting back to the performance levels that had him touted as one of the best young keepers outside the premier league, a few seasons back. 

 

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12 minutes ago, Bar BS3 said:

His young son was critically ill during last season and he’s was clearly distracted by it. 

Now that he’s recovered from that he appears to be getting back to the performance levels that had him touted as one of the best young keepers outside the premier league, a few seasons back. 

 

Wasn't it a similar situation last season for Benik,,I'm sure I read that his daughter had been rather unwell??

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34 minutes ago, Bar BS3 said:

His young son was critically ill during last season and he’s was clearly distracted by it. 

Now that he’s recovered from that he appears to be getting back to the performance levels that had him touted as one of the best young keepers outside the premier league, a few seasons back. 

 

People often forget that footballers are actual human beings just like you and I. 

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59 minutes ago, The Red Planet said:

He is a brilliant keeper and he had an excellent game on Saturday making several awesome saves and his kicking is the best I have seen from a City keeper in my 30 + years as a City fan.

I believe Maenpaa is now fit, but he is unlikely to replace Bentley any time soon - unless Dan gets injured. 

 

I’m a little way away from the practice net up in the Lansdown Stand, but there appears to be good camaraderie between Bentley, Mäenpää, Gilmartin and Mountain.  Guess it’s the old “goalkeeper’s Union” stuff, but good to see us with strength in this position.

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1 hour ago, Badger08 said:

I really wasn't convinced on him over the first few games (and pre season). 

I was totally wrong on him.  Goes to show you ant judge a player on a few games.

I'll be man enough to admit likewise.

He's sound as a pound and I'm very happy to see him between the sticks. 

He's particularly good at those close-range "reaction saves" where you have to block a shot or header taken from a few feet away which often you have only a split second to see.

Top man Dan.

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Good signing. Seems to be a good communicator, which imo is so important from a goalkeeper. His distribution is not only good, it’s quick, which I’m sure was one of the reasons he was signed, with our style of play in mind. He is happy to have the ball to feet, which is so important in the modern game. COYR 

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1 hour ago, Robert the bruce said:

Wasn't it a similar situation last season for Benik,,I'm sure I read that his daughter had been rather unwell??

I’ve not heard that about Afobe, but possibly. 

I doubt that Stoke fans booing their top scorer helped much either..! 

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47 minutes ago, Simon79 said:

Good signing. Seems to be a good communicator, which imo is so important from a goalkeeper. His distribution is not only good, it’s quick, which I’m sure was one of the reasons he was signed, with our style of play in mind. He is happy to have the ball to feet, which is so important in the modern game. COYR 

I noticed that yesterday always talking to the defenders especially Moore . 

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2 hours ago, Robert the bruce said:

Wasn't it a similar situation last season for Benik,,I'm sure I read that his daughter had been rather unwell??

Yes, I believe so. Affected his sleep, diet & basically lifestyle. Which if anyone has ever been in a similar situation & anyone with a brain really, would totally understand. COYR 

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18 minutes ago, sticks 1969 said:

I noticed that yesterday always talking to the defenders especially Moore . 

Definitely. Anyone know what his connection with Assombolonga is? They had an extended hug during the line ups and handshakes, then he was giving Moore advice about how to handle him in the first half. 

I also noticed them laughing and joking a couple of times at corners.

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39 minutes ago, Port Said Red said:

Definitely. Anyone know what his connection with Assombolonga is? They had an extended hug during the line ups and handshakes, then he was giving Moore advice about how to handle him in the first half. 

I also noticed them laughing and joking a couple of times at corners.

Assombalonga had a loan at Southend while Bentley was there.

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2 hours ago, Robert the bruce said:

Wasn't it a similar situation last season for Benik,,I'm sure I read that his daughter had been rather unwell??

I wouldn't be surprised if our scouting team were aware of both personal circumstances affecting these players, and factored them in. 

Form is temporary, class is permanent.  If you can find and explanation for a dip in form, then you can get yourself a bargain. 

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Not only a good all round keeper but an excellent communicator as well. Always pointing to where he wants players and not afraid to give them a bit of verbal if he thinks they should have closed down quicker or marked a bit tighter. His speed of thought when he gets the ball to get us attacking is something we have lacked for a while and with his kicking game he's up there with the best in the championship.

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