The £10million signing from Tottenham dispatched Steed Malbranque'scross with a brilliant far-post header in the fifth minute to give newBlack Cats boss Steve Bruce a winning start to his reign.
Bent, 25, recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons after heused the Twitter website to publicly criticise Tottenham and expresshis desire to join Sunderland.Eventually granted his move to Wearside, the England internationallooked well and truly at home in the red and white of Sunderland.
Dovetailing effectively with Kenwyne Jones throughout, Bent's pacewas a constant threat to the Bolton backline and he was unlucky not toadd to his tally.
Pointing the way: Darren Bent salutes the fans after his winning goal
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