Lambert hails Darren Bent after equaliser

Aston Villa striker Darren BentAston Villa manager Paul Lambert has insisted that Darren Bent remains an important player for the club, and hailed the striker after he bagged an equaliser against West Brom on Sunday.

The Scottish coach decided to start Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke up front against the Baggies at Villa Park, however the England international came off the bench to cancel out Shane Long’s opener.

Lambert has insisted that Bent is an important man at the Midlands club, and the player took the news of missing out on a starting place well.

“He was great. There was no problem. I just named the team and that’s the team I picked,” he told Sky Sports after the 1-1 draw.

“It was a world-class substitution! I need everyone, it’s a collective thing, I never look at individuals. The goal was brilliant, it was a world-class finish.

“He was fine at full-time. I spoke to him in the dressing room as well. He was totally fine, totally, no problem, none.

“We played a world-class game in the first half and I thought we might even have gone a goal up before half-time.

“But I’m absolutely thrilled with their efforts. It was outstanding after playing 120 minutes the other night. They were excellent and kept on going.

“I thought we left ourselves a little bit open at times but I credit the team as they gave me absolutely everything.

“West Brom are a good side and they’ve started the season really well, but we’re doing just fine at the moment,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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