Clark, who took over as captain on Saturday when Gabby Agbonlahor came off, reckons it is too early to write off Bent.
He said: "He's a deadly finisher and you know he'll score goals.
"I think a lot of people have been writing him off already. But he's back in there now and he was just unlucky not to get a chance.
"Darren has kept his head up and it shows he must have been working hard in training to get back into the team. It just shows how professional he is."