The striker was denied a first goal in five first by home keeper Marcus Hahnemann and then watched in agony as his low drive hit the inside of post and rolled along the goalline to safety in the second half.
He did, however, play his part in the winning goal as he rolled the ball into the path of Robbie Keane, who in turn outfoxed two defenders before slotting home.
"I hit the post and the keeper made a couple of saves but as long as I'm getting in the positions to score the goals, I'm happy," insisted Darren. "If I wasn't getting any chances I'd be more worried.
"The most important thing is the win though and I felt I contributed to it.
"It's great to come into the team and play well. I thought I did that, the manager was happy and I'm delighted we won."
Darren was impressed with our football in a dominant first half. "That was the best we've played for I don't know how long," he said.
"We kept the ball, passed them off the pitch and created chance after chance after chance. We had so much possession and they didn't know how to handle us.
"If we can play like that against someone like Reading in their position, fighting for their lives, we can play like that against anyone."
You could excuse Darren Bent for cursing his luck again in front of goal at Reading but he was happy to contribute to our 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.