Houllier happy with Bent's start

22 January 2011 09:30
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier hailed the instant impact made by record signing Darren Bent in the shock home success over Manchester City. Bent instantly repaid a slice of his £18million price tag with the first-half winner against Roberto Mancini's side. It was a huge dent to City's Barclays Premier League title hopes and lifted Villa clear of the relegation zone. Houllier explained afterwards: "The finish was that of a natural-born finisher, something you cannot teach somebody. That is what he is here for, to score goals. "Roberto Mancini told me before the game that I'd signed a great player and that is a tremendous start for him."

Source: PA