Houllier delighted by Bent impact

22 January 2011 10:00
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier hailed Darren Bent's instant impact as the striker marked his debut with the winning goal against Manchester City.Bent, who joined Villa last week in a club record £24m deal, struck early to seal a 1-0 win that lifts Villa out of the Premier League relegation zone. [LNB]"I thought the boy handled the pressure very well," said Houllier [LNB]"The finish was that of a natural-born finisher, something you cannot teach somebody. That is what he is here for." [LNB]Bent notched the decisive goal in the 18th minute at Villa Park, pouncing on an error by City goalkeeper Joe Hart as the hosts gained revenge for a 4-0 defeat at Eastlands last month. [LNB]"That defeat really affected us and we were at rock bottom then," said Houllier. [LNB]"But since the start of the new year things have got better and this game epitomised what we want to do. [LNB]"We showed tremendous resolve against a very good side and also rode our luck at times."[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Bent 'over the moon' with debut goal[LNB]Bent, who also scored on his debuts for Charlton and Sunderland, defended his decision to make the switch from the Black Cats to Birmingham. [LNB]"People questioned why I joined this football club but look at the players around me," said the striker, who was watched at Villa Park by England manager Fabio Capello. [LNB]"Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, Mark Albrighton and Stewart Downing are all players that can create chances out of nothing and as a striker you want that kind of service."

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