Bent keen to repeat City win

Bent’s injury-time penalty put big-spending Manchester City to the
sword as the Black Cats claimed their first league win of the
season, their reward for a spirited fightback at the Stadium of
Light yesterday. The victory followed last season’s home successes
over Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, and brought into sharper
focus their failings on the road, where they have, manager Steve
Bruce pointed out after the game, won only 10 times in 108
top-flight outings. Sunderland head for Bruce’s former club Wigan
after the international break before embarking upon a run of
fixtures in which they will face Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester
United in the space of three weeks. Bent said: “We have Wigan away,
and with our away form…and then it really starts with some of the
big boys. “But we have shown once again we are capable of playing
against anyone and the main thing is we are all mentally switched
on against those teams. “But we need to translate that into playing
against the teams around us. We always play well against the top
teams, but the teams around us, we struggle.” The victory over City
came after a gritty display which saw the Black Cats hanging on for
dear life before the break before gradually forcing their way into
the game to win it at the death. Carlos Tevez was guilty of a
glaring first-half miss with the goal at his mercy, and keeper
Simon Mignolet pulled off vital saves from Yaya Toure before the
break and substitute Emmanuel Adebayor 11 minutes from time to pave
the way for Bent’s last-gasp heroics. It was he who won the
decisive spot-kick three minutes into injury-time when he was
hauled to the ground by Micah Richards as he tried to meet Ahmed
Elmohamady’s cross in front of goal. Bent said: “All I can remember
was [Vincent] Kompany stretching for it. He clipped it on and I was
just about to head it into the net and all of a sudden, I felt all
these arms go around me and drag me to the floor.” The
26-year-old’s penalty was not his most sweetly-struck, but it ended
up in the back of the net to give him a fourth goal of the
campaign. Two of those strikes have come in the league, both of
them from 12 yards, and while he is desperate to register from open
play, he will take his goals however they come. Bent said:
“Obviously, I’ll take the goals I have got already, but at the same
time, I would love one to fall to me that I could just smash into
the empty net. “But as long as they keep going in, however they go
in, I’ll keep taking them.” Bent was last night named in the
England squad for the European Championships double-header against
Bulgaria and Switzerland and will hope for a chance to erase his
World Cup disappointment. He said: “I know there are one or two
injuries, but at the same time, if the door is back open again, I
will relish it and if I can get a piece of the game, I will be
absolutely delighted. “Everyone wants to play for their country and
whenever you play for your country, it is an honour. “If I am able
to do that this week, I will be over the moon.” By contrast, City
boss Roberto Mancini will spend the international break reflecting
on what might have been and unable to do a great deal about it with
so many of his players away. He said: “It’s frustrating because now
we have two weeks before we can start again. “When you have a
break, it is better to go with a win or a draw. “After the first
half, nobody would have thought we could lose this game.”