Darren Bent opens up on helping relegate former club Sunderland

Darren Bent has opened up on his role in the defeat to Burton Albion that relegated Sunderland to League One.

Plenty of Sunderland fans feel that the total capitulation that sent them down to the third tier of English football was a blessing in disguise, and they’d be right.

The reset button has been pressed and the club are finally looking up instead of down under new owner Stewart Donald.

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That doesn’t take anything away from the heartbreak of last year’s drop out of the Championship though, and Bent has spoken out about his goal for Burton Albion on that fateful day.

“It was mixed emotions to be fair, because I always said to myself that if I ever scored against Sunderland, I wouldn’t celebrate,” Bent revealed on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, as reported by Chronicle Live.

“But the amount of stick I was taking when I was warming up and as I walked out for the warm up, it just got the best of me when I scored and it was unfortunate that they went down.”

Indeed, the Black Cats had taken a lead which would have pulled them to within a few points of safety had they held on until the final whistle, but Bent scored with five minutes remaining before Liam Boyce stunned the Stadium of Light in stoppage time.

The 35 year-old scored 36 goals in 63 appearances on Wearside, so Sunderland fans, what do you think about his comments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…