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Brighton's Darren Bent feels Fulham's terrace taunts were 'unjustified'

Brighton & Hove Albion loan star Darren Bent believes the abuse he took from Fulham fans on Saturday was 'unjustified'.

Darren Bent was left disappointed with the abuse he took from Fulham supporters on Saturday, with the former England striker branding the terrace taunts ‘unjustified’.

He will have known that he was putting himself in the firing line, though, after linking up with Brighton & Hove Albion on loan.

It is remarkable how often the fixture computer throws up these quirks, with players often running into former employers shortly after completing a switch to a new club.

Bent made his bow for Seagulls over the weekend, with Aston Villa once again allowing the former England international to look for regular game time elsewhere.

Fulham fans were always going to single him out for special treatment, given that he was part of the Cottagers squad which suffered relegation out of the Premier League last season.

He managed just three goals during a largely forgettable stay in the capital, seeing him get nowhere near a pre-loan target of forcing his way back into international reckoning.

Bent was able to have the first word against the Cottagers at the Amex Stadium, as he opened the scoring, but saw his cupped ear celebration come back to haunt him as the visitors fought back to secure a 2-1 win.

“I got a lot of stick off their supporters, which was kind of unjustified,” Bent told The Argus.

“Obviously they went down last year. They are entitled to their opinions and I’m entitled to mine.

“It kind of killed me (losing after leading). Up until we got the goal I couldn’t see them doing anything against us. We play them again soon (December 29) and we’ll have to get revenge then.”

Having endured a losing start to his stay on the south coast, Bent needs to start providing the spark for Brighton in their efforts to pull away from trouble in the Championship.

Having spent the past decade competing at the very highest level, the 30-year-old forward should be capable of taking the second-tier by storm.

Netting on his debut bodes well, but he needs to kick on from here if he is to rebuild his faltering career and convince someone – be that Brighton or another club – to take a punt on his services in January and release him from his nightmare at Villa Park.

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