Bennett calls for a 90-minute display
SCOT Bennett says Exeter City need to put in a complete 90-minute performance if they are to find their first away win of this season.
Bennett was part of the Exeter City team that put in an excellent second-half display against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday to battle back from a goal down to claim a point.
However, the 45-minute period that City were on top has been the story of the Grecians' performances on the road this season, with good first-half displays against Morecambe and Mansfield being coupled with lacklustre displays in the second half.
Bennett is urging his teammates to put that right on Saturday when they face Northampton, at Sixfields, by trying to take control of the match from start to finish.
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"We have still been in all of the away games and we have had chances to win them, so that is positive, but we haven't quite put together a full 90 minutes away from home yet," said the 22-year-old Exeter City acadamy graduate.
"We have been good in one half and then not so good in the other.
"Hopefully on Saturday we can put in a performance that can last for the 90 minutes instead of just 45 and that will be enough to pick up the points.
"It is key, because in the Mansfield game we started off well and then slipped away and it was the same up at Morecambe. Then at Dagenham on Saturday we were really good in the second half, but not so good in the first. It is definitely about putting together a full 90 minutes now and then we will be able to build on that."
Bennett was actually one of the stand-out performers for City in the first half against Dagenham.
Having recently switched to a central defensive role, from his usual position in the centre of midfield, he made a number of telling blocks and headers to keep City in the match.
He also did that having picked up a nasty knock on his shin, which required him to take a few painkillers at half-time.
However, he admits he should be fit for Saturday and is enjoying his new role in the centre of defence, which he could be forced to play for a few more weeks as Paul Tisdale continues his search for a right-back in the transfer market.
"I was really pleased with my performance against Dagenham," said Bennett. "It is often hard to have to switch positions, but I'm so used to playing in central defence that I was pleased to get back there and play and just be on the pitch. I thought it went really well. I won most of my headers and I felt I was quite strong defensively."
Bennett knows he will need another strong performance on Saturday though.
Northampton have started the season slowly, but were last season's beaten play-off finalists and, having kept the majority of their side from last season, they carry a reputation for being more of a threat than their current league standing would suggest.
Added to that Aidy Boothroyd's side are very physical and direct. They play a lot of long balls into the box and have already picked up four red and 16 yellow cards this season.
Bennett knows City will have to stand up to that on Saturday.
"It is going to be tough game," he said.
"You know what is going to come with them, they have got a lot of long throws and they are very direct.
"We are going to have to be strong defensively and they try and play our football and hopefully that will be enough to pick up the points.
"They are very physical team, so all of us our going to have to be on our game winning our headers and standing up to the physical side of the match."