Derby County striker Darren Bent has praised former club Charlton Athletic ahead of Tuesday night’s Championship clash at the iPro Stadium, but stresses that he will be going all out to get his loan club the three points.
Bent, 31, netted 31 goals in 68 Premier League games for the Addicks between 2005 and 2007 before making a 16.5 million move to Tottenham Hotspur following their relegation, and told London24 of his great relationship with the supporters.
“I had a few great years at Charlton. I had a good relationship with the fans down there and I have a lot of respect for them,” he said.
“It will be a tough game tomorrow night. Charlton have picked up a few wins of late and they’ll come here confident and positive.
“The Championship is so tight and we had a good weekend, with other sides dropping points. The win on Saturday was huge for us.
“We’re at a stage of the season now where points become even more important. Playing well is good, but winning is vitally important.”
Bent joined the Rams on loan for the rest of the season from Aston Villa last month, having had a brief spell at Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this winter.
The former England international has since netted an impressive seven goals in eight games for Steve McClaren’s side, including a 77th-minute spot-kick winner in the weekend’s 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday which sent them top of the Championship
Charlton have recently come into form under new boss Guy Luzon, however, with back-to-back 3-0 wins against Brentford and Wigan Athletic, respectively, seeing them climb up to 13th in the table with 39 points from their 32 games.
The Rams remain the obvious favourites for the visit of the London outfit, with both Middlesbrough and Bournemouth breathing down their necks, can’t afford to take even one of their remaining 14 games for granted.