After a fruitful pre-season, the striker opened his competitive account for us with the fourth goal against Derby County on Saturday.
Darren and Jermain were left to race for the rebound when Rams keeper Stephen Bywater tipped Pascal Chimbonda’s header onto the crossbar.
“I’d have punched him, kicked him, anything to get him out of the way,” joked Darren. “Seriously though, it was great to see it cross the line.
“Things didn’t seem to be falling my way in the game but as soon as that one presented itself, I was determined to get on the end of it.
“It’s always great to get the first goal, however it comes and I’m delighted. Hopefully that will be the first of many.”
It was pointed out to Darren that Everton didn’t exactly read the script for his full home debut last week – the win and goal against Derby all the sweeter after that 3-1 defeat.
“Everton didn’t work out but you have to move on,” said Darren, who missed out on England duty with a thigh problem. “We had a point to prove against Derby, we knew what we needed to do, we showed what we’re capable of and now we have to take it on.”
Darren also had a word of praise for two-goal hero Steed Malbranque, who set the wheels in motion with two fine strikes with little over five minutes on the clock. “Steed’s always there and has probably been our best player in all three games,” he added. “They were two fantastic goals, just what we needed.”
Darren Bent insisted nothing was going to stop him scoring his first goal - not least Jermain Defoe!