Date: 3rd October 2012 at 12:01pm
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The Daily Star says that Darren Bent wants ‘showdown` talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert

As we mentioned the other day, there appear to be slight problems and they might only be slight. A good manager I`m sure can settle things back down again. However, Bent did look mightily fed up when interviewed. See: Lazy Darren Bent? Don’t Make Me Laugh!

Anyway, the press report says he wants talks. One of the gossip sites say that Liverpool are set to pounce in January as Brendan Rodgers has an obvious need for a striker. Apparently they have a £20m budget. I’ll not link to the site though, no flesh on the bone so why give them the traffic!?

Bent said: “The manager has said nothing. I`ve not spoken to him at all about why he left me out. We`ll probably speak this week. I can`t remember the last time I`ve been left out of a side. I only found out when the gaffer read the team sheet out. It`s frustrating and disappointing. All I can do is keep coming on and scoring goals, and take it from there.”

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He also said again that it has been a crappy couple of weeks, lose the captaincy and then got dropped.

“Maybe he wanted to give me a kick up the backside. Strikers are always judged on scoring goals. After getting the one last week against Southampton, I thought that would build me up for West Brom, but it just wasn`t to be. It was good to get on the pitch and show I am a goalscorer and I can score goals, if given the chances.”

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A series of tweets from the Midlands correspondent for The Mirror James Nursey on the same subject:

James Nursey ‏@JamesNursey
Bent has taken it personally but Lambert has no favourites & doesn’t justifyexplain decisions to players. He’s old school like Clough

And I have to say Lambert’s methods appear justified as never seen Bent so fired up & lively as when came off bench v #WBA!

At #NCFC Lambert often upset players by axing them & changing side regularly but think he believes any aggro from it helps motivateinspire

Clearly it’s a fine line between inspiring #AVFC players & cheesing them off! But vital players know no favourites & are picked on form.

To conclude, can see why Bent miffed after goal v Saints. But if Lambert’s axe fires him up & he now scores several, then end justify means


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