Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bent: I'll Be Taking Penalties from Now; Bent: I'll Be Taking Penalties from Now

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bent: I'll Be Taking Penalties from Now; Bent: I'll Be Taking Penalties from Now

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IN-FORM striker Darren Bent has vowed never to relinquish penalty duties for Sunderland again after his weekend ear-bashing from Steve Bruce, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

The Black Cats boss was furious with his record signing for letting Kenwyne Jones roll home his team's second penalty in the 5-2 win over Wolves.

Bent insists that he did it to help his flourishing partnership with the Trinidad & Tobago forward.

However, Bruce branded it the stuff of playground football games and Bent admits it was probably the wrong call on his part.

But he had the utmost faith in his strike partner to replicate his own successful first-half penalty effort.

While Bruce's anger is understandable, the burgeoning relationship between the two forwards should be cause for celebration at the Stadium of Light.

The failure of Jones to dwell with the temperamental French striker Djibril Ciss on and off the field was one of the main reasons for the Wearsiders' flat-lining form during the latter months of last season.

So it is encouraging to see new Sunderland fans' favourite Bent making such a positive contribution.

The striker, who is laying claim to the fifth goal of yesterday's victory over former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy's visiting Wolves side, says he will take heed of Bruce's warning on spot-kick responsibilities.

"I think I'd rather not do it again because I don't want to get the rap from Steve Bruce!" Bent said.

"In my defence I think it's important that all of the strikers are firing for the club.It's not just about me, it's important Kenwyne is firing and Fraizer (Campbell) is firing as well - like he was in midweek. "I thought Kenwyne had been playing really well without getting the goal he deserved. "He said he fancied and I'd already had one, so I just said 'Have it'. "I think that if he hadn't have scored the first from the spot, maybe he wouldn't have scored his second goal, which was really important. …

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