Derby County striker Darren Bent was ripped apart on Twitter after he scored a shocking own goal in Friday night’s FA Cup fourth-round match against Leicester City at Pride Park, but he redeemed himself 13 minutes later by netting at the correct end of the pitch.
The 32-year-old was left red faced when he ended up slicing a clearance from deep inside the box, resulting in the ball dropping into the back of his own net just eight minutes into the game.
It was an eventful first half for Darren Bent.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 27, 2017
As expected, fans took to Twitter to mock the former Tottenham Hotspur striker’s embarrassing blunder.
— Andy Black (@AndyBlack87) January 27, 2017
Good to see Darren Bent is still deadly from point blank range. #FACup
— Mark Buckland (@carbunclebuck) January 27, 2017
Great finish by Darren Bent ???? #FACup
— HerthaBSC_UK (@HerthaBerlinUK) January 27, 2017
— Jonathan Avis (@mycarImissu2) January 27, 2017
Own goal of the season: Darren Bent #FACup
— Jason Bohane (@JasonBandOllyB) January 27, 2017
— David Ward (@thecrescent78) January 27, 2017
— MrFootyTips.net (@MrFootyTips) January 27, 2017
Nobody would have been more relieved than Bent when he later found an equaliser in the first half by guiding the ball past Kasper Schmeichel with a perfect header.
So, the tweets went from ridicule to this…
— James???? (@jamesash89) January 27, 2017
— Ricky Charlesworth (@Ricky_C90) January 27, 2017
— Shaun Farrelly (@ShaunFarrelly) January 27, 2017
Now Bent has scored at the other end. Treat yourself to a new pair of trainers, lad. #FACup
— Alex O'Loughlin (@AlexOLoughlin18) January 27, 2017
Pleased for Bent. #FACup
— Max Casper (@MaxCasper100) January 27, 2017
— Jonathan W. (@JONATHA31283773) January 27, 2017
— Londani Mkhumbuzi (@LondzMkhumbuzi) January 27, 2017
Derby looked as though they were going to cause an upset to their Premier League opponents when they regained the lead through Craig Byson in the 40th minute.
Leicester were staring at FA Cup elimination, but they managed to earn themselves a replay when Wes Morgan scored four minutes from time.