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Bent still confused by Villa

Fulham striker Darren Bent says he is still none the wiser as to why he was cast aside from the first-team squad at parent club Aston Villa.

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Darren Bent: Says he is still unsure as to why he had fallen so far out of favou

Darren Bent: Says he is still unsure as to why he had fallen so far out of favou

The 29-year old is on a season-long loan at Craven Cottage from Villa, the club where he remains the record signing following his reported £18million move from Sunderland in January 2011.

Bent figured just 16 times in the Premier League last season under Paul Lambert and admits that he is still unsure as to why he had fallen so far out of favour with the former Norwich City boss.

"I couldn't even tell you," Bent told the Daily Mail.

"People have said, 'it's got to have been something. Did you have an argument or a falling out?' But it was nothing.

"He just seemed to change like that overnight.

"One minute everything was fine and the next minute - whoosh - out. It was difficult at first. I just couldn't get my head around it. I couldn't quite figure out why it was happening.

"But Aston Villa's a magnificent club and I'm still their player. It's just nice to be back involved. It's just nicer, that's all.

"As long as I'm scoring goals, I'm happy."

Bent also offered his backing to Martin Jol, with the Fulham boss coming under fire in recent weeks following a string of poor results.

"We see how passionate Martin is. We probably see a side to him that others don't," he said.

"They might ask, 'what does he actually do?' But he works hard and fires everyone up and he's a great motivator.

"If he puts a session on, you know full well he's going to be right in there, pointing the finger and making sure everyone's pulling their weight. He doesn't sit back.

"We like Martin Jol and want him to stay. We like playing for him. We just need that consistency. He was a massive part of me joining Fulham."

When questioned about the attacking trio of himself, Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz, Bent admitted that perhaps there could be more effort needed in order for it to work.

"Maybe. We're all known for going forward but it's up to us to adapt our game. With time, I hope the three of us will work," he said.

"People might sometimes take Berba's demeanour as arrogance but he just wants to win all the time."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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