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DELIGHT FOR DARREN

Posted on 19 August 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol expressed his delight after Darren Bent opened his account in the 4-0 win against Derby County.

Martin Jol expressed his delight after Darren Bent opened his account in the 4-0 win against Derby County.

It looked like the striker might miss out chalking up that important personal milestone despite such a free-flowing performance and convincing win at the Lane.

He'd earlier set up Steed Malbranque's second goal for 2-0 and was denied his best chance when he was cut down in front of goal by Jay McEveley in the first half - penalty appeals were waved away, much to Darren's bemusement.

But he needn't have worried - a goal-den chance finally presented itself to both Darren and Jermain Defoe with 11 minutes left and it was Darren who won the race to tap home after Stephen Bywater tipped Pascal Chimbonda's header onto the crossbar.

"It was an easy goal and Jermain Defoe was on his toes because he wanted to score as well, but it's so important and I'm pleased for Darren," said Martin.

"I feel if a striker scores a goal in football it's so simple - you get a better feeling and you get your form.

"Overall, the lads showed a great reaction and that was about our team spirit."