Derby fans react on Twitter to Darren Bent's performance against Bournemouth

Darren Bent

How Derby's Twitter-based supporters reacted to the on-loan Aston Villa striker's goalscoring outing.

Darren Bent’s fourth goal in three games earned Derby County a point at promotion rivals Bournemouth on Tuesday night, with fans taking to Twitter after the match to hail is impact.

Hull City loanee Tom Ince was also on target in the first-half to cancel out Matt Richie’s 12th-minute opener, before Callum Wilson gave the home side the lead for the second time just before the break.

But substitute Bent, who replaced the injured Chris Martin after just 15 minutes, popped up on 67 minutes to fire a Simon Dawkins cross past Artur Boruc and keep Steve McClaren’s side level with their opponents on 58 points in the Championship table.

The on-loan Aston Villa striker’s contribution was not lost on head coach McClaren, who moved to single him out for particular praise during his post-match interview.

"Darren Bent has come on and showed his quality,” he told the BBC. “Losing Chris Martin was huge and we had to change things around but Darren gave us something different.

"He has had to be patient and wait for his chance but he will get the opportunity to play some games now.

"The game was a credit to both clubs and I thought we were magnificent. We showed great character to come back twice.

Arriving last month on a deal for the remainder of the season, Bent has been frozen out of the picture at Villa Park in recent campaigns, but now seems to be showing Paul Lambert just what he’s missing.

With his relegation-threatened parent club recording just 12 goals in 25 Premier League games, and Christian Benteke recently dropped from the side, fans are certainly starting to wonder why the England front man is at the iPro Stadium and not back in the West Midlands.

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