Darren Bent scored the two goals as Derby County beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 to move second in the Championship
The on-loan Villa man stole the show for Steve McClaren's side on Tuesday night as he helped the Rams move above Brentford, Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town in the league table and on to the same amount of points as leaders Bournemouth, as the fight for automatic promotion continues to intensify.
Derby were made to work hard for their victory against Blackburn despite dominating possession for large periods of the match, and the game remained goalless up until the hour-mark at which time McClaren decided to call upon the services of the Villa loanee.
It took Bent all of five minutes to make his mark as he was able to get on the end of a goalmouth scramble and back-heel the ball into the left side of the goal to give the Rams the lead.
Blackburn then turned up the pressure on Derby, however, a piece of magic from 18-year-old Mason Bennett on the left wing crafted the chance which saw the former England striker net his third goal of the week.
After the match, despite the majority of praise going to the influential Will Hughes for his performance, the deadly two-goal cameo from Darren Bent couldn't be ignored and Aston Villa and Ipswich Town fans, in particular, were very vocal about his impact for Derby on Twitter.
Ipswich Town fans' reaction:
Hope Darren Bent doesn't turn out to be a McLaren masterstroke. Ridiculously close at the top. Looking forward to Saturday #itfc— North Stander (@North_Stander) January 27, 2015
Darren bent...exactly the sort of player ipswich should of been after...shows derbys ambition— Craig Lockwood (@l8cky) January 27, 2015
Aston Villa fans' reaction:
Bent has a one in two record for his career; doesn't matter where he is he will get you goals if you give him chances #avfc— Aaron Young (@El_nino_uk) January 27, 2015
#avfc & paul lambert please note that darren bent is a natural goalscorer and obviously you and your coaches can't get the best out of him— Simon Upton (@simon_upton) January 27, 2015
Ffs guys, Darren Bent is not a premiership player! He's scoring while playing at his level. #avfc— Adam Cox (@abc123cox82) January 27, 2015
This darren bent love in is a joke. Appreciate that he is a finisher but he offers very little in an #avfc team— Darren Russon (@RUSSON82) January 27, 2015