Bent out to sink City again
Aston Villa new boy Darren Bent is hopeful he can continue his scoring antics against Manchester City.
Last Updated: 21/01/11 2:15pm
Aston Villa newboy Darren Bent is hopeful he can continue his scoring antics against Manchester City by sinking them again on his debut on Saturday.
The England striker, who completed his surprise move to the Midlands on Tuesday in a deal that could be worth up to £24million, has already netted a winner against City this season for Sunderland in their 1-0 victory in August.
Now, on his eagerly anticipated first appearance for Gerard Houllier's side, the 26-year-old is hoping to repeat the feat and move Villa away from the drop zone.
"The game at the weekend is mouth-watering. They don't come much harder than Manchester City," said Bent.
"They are flying at the moment and have some top, top players. It's the kind of game you relish and look forward to.
"It is always nice to get a goal as early as possible and, if the club can get three points on Saturday against such a big side, I'll be delighted.
"I scored the winner against them at the Stadium of Light earlier this season.
"It will be a different game this weekend - new team, new players - and I just want to gel with them as quickly as possible."
Bent admitted that he was still getting accustomed to his surroundings, but was raring to go and praised the abilities of his new boss Houllier and assistant Gary McAllister.
"Gerard is a top, top manager and Gary was a top, top player," he added.
"I am looking forward to working with them both. It's those kind of influences that made the decision easy to come to Villa.
"I can't wait to get going now. Villa Park is a quality stadium.
"It's strange how things happen. I was here a couple of weeks ago with Sunderland and got the victory.
"It's a bit strange but it's a new challenge I'm really looking forward to and I can't wait to get going.
"I always had a good relationship with the Sunderland fans, as soon as I got there, and I want to have the same with the Villa supporters.
"They seem like a passionate bunch as I saw a few weeks ago. I can't wait for them to get behind me and I want to perform for them. I can't wait to get playing for them."