Aston Villa 2 Ipswich 1: Bent makes a big difference and puts his case to Lambert
16:54 GMT, 5 January 2013
23:16 GMT, 5 January 2013
Darren Bent presented a strong case for further inclusion in Aston Villa's first-team squad after sparking a comeback that helped to secure the club's first home win since November.
The England striker has fallen out of favour with manager Paul Lambert following the arrival of Christian Benteke, who has already contributed nine goals in his first season in English football.
A recent hamstring injury has further restricted Bent's opportunities but, given a rare start, he played a crucial role in ensuring Villa progressed to the fourth round.
Magic of the Cup: Aston Villa's Darren Bent with the club mascot
Aston Villa: Given, Lichaj, Clark, Baker, Bennett, Albrighton (Weimann 43), Bannan, Delph, N'Zogbia (Ireland 70), Bowery (Agbonlahor 62), Bent. Subs not used: Guzan, Benteke, Stevens, Carruthers.
Scorers: Bent 46, Weimann 83.
Ipswich: Loach, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, Reo-Coker, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas (McGoldrick 60), Chopra (Mclean 74), Murphy (Edwards 70). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Chambers, N'Daw, Whight.
Yellow cards: Kisnorbo, Hyam.
Scorer Chopra 31.
Referee: Jon Moss.
His clinical finish from Charles
N'Zogbia's pass cancelled out Michael Chopra's opening goal before
Andreas Weimann scored a late winner to claim Villa's first home victory
since beating Reading on November 27.
'That was Darren Bent down to a T. I thought his game was very, very good,' said Lambert.
'His whole work ethic and the way he
played was good, his finishing was top class and I thought his whole
general game was really good, considering he only really trained with us
for the first time yesterday, so it was a big effort from him.'
Bent was one of seven changes to
Villa's starting line-up as Lambert rested players ahead of Tuesday's
Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Bradford and next Saturday's
crucial home game against relegation rivals Southampton.
Bent provided enough evidence to suggest he has unfinished business with Villa.
In with a shout: Michael Chopra of Ipswich celebrates the opening goal
He provided the two chances during a
scrappy first half – whipping a cross past Jordan Bowery and then
heading his strike partner clear, only for the low shot to be saved by
goalkeeper Scott Loach.
That 30th-minute save proved pivotal, with Ipswich striker Chopra breaking to turn defender Nathan Baker.
out of reach: Ipswich keeper Scott Loach can't reach Andreas Weimann's strike for Aston Villa
What a relief: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his side's winner
His low shot was bundled into the net
off Eric Lichaj's legs. But Bent equalised in the first minute after
the restart as N'Zogbia threaded the pass through.
'The goal after half-time changed
the game,' said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. 'We handled them in the
first half but Bent's goal changed things.'
The equaliser gave Villa fresh
impetus and Weimann, brought on before half-time after Mark Albrighton
suffered a foot injury, continued his rich vein of scoring form with his
seventh of the season.
Oh dear: Bolton players celebrate Eric Lichaj's own goal