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'Benty' praises effort

Posted on 2 March 2009  - 12:00

Darren Bent feels we deserved so much more for our efforts despite our Carling Cup Final defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

'Benty' praises effort

Darren Bent feels we deserved so much more for our efforts despite our Carling Cup Final defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

The striker believes we matched the European champions blow-for-blow during the 120 minutes of football before the heartbreaking penalty shoot-out.

During extra-time, ‘Benty' had one of our better chances but his shot was blocked by the legs of outstanding United goalkeeper Ben Foster.

But despite the painful experience of having to walk up the famous Wembley steps as a loser just a year after collecting the trophy, he knows we have little time to reflect.

Darren recognises the need to quickly recharge our batteries with Wednesday's crucial Premier League game with Middlesbrough nearly upon us.

He said: "The walk to get the medals seems so much longer when you lose, but we pushed them all the way.

"We had some good chances, their keeper made some good saves, and on another day we could have won it.

"We kept the ball and had them chasing at times. Luka [Modric] had a shot that was blocked and it came to me and my shot was saved, but at the end of the day it wasn't meant to be.

"Penalties is never a nice way to lose a game, but the lads played really well, worked really hard, and I thought we were unlucky.

"There were some broken guys in the dressing room afterwards. Many cramped up, which showed how hard we worked, but now we've got another cup final on Wednesday."

And ‘Benty' has every confidence that we will be able to put the defeat behind us in time to take on Gareth Southgate's men.

"We know what we need to do in the league. Our form hasn't been great but if we play like we did on Sunday, we can beat anyone."