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Bent plays down Spurs return

06 Nov 2009 - 15:47:08

Sunderland striker Darren Bent has played down the importance of his return to former club Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The 25-year-old England international has scored eight goals in 11 games since joining the Black Cats in the summer and will spearhead the Sunderland attack at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

He told his club's official website: "It's going to be strange, but I don't want the game to be about Darren Bent v Spurs, because it's so much more than that.

"It's about us - Sunderland - kicking on to the next level and hopefully pushing into Europe.

"I'm expecting a hostile reception, but that often happens when you return to a former club.

"But at the same time, I don't want people to turn the game into being all about me going back there.

"It would mean a lot for me to score, but it would mean everything if the team wins.

"If the team wins and I don't score, I will be the happiest man alive. But if I score and we don't win, I will be devastated."

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