Sunderland boss Bruce heaps praise on Bent after eventful performance

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was full of praise for two-goal Darren Bent after their 3-1 win over Tottenham. Bent also managed to miss two penalties in the triumph.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was full of praise for two-goal Darren Bent after their 3-1 win over Tottenham.

Bent also managed to miss two penalties in the triumph.

Bruce was in no mood to blame his £10million summer signing for the misses having himself experienced the misery of failing from 12 yards during his playing days at Manchester United.

He said: "We mustn't forget he has won us the game. Okay, he is disappointed that he has missed two penalties, but all good players miss penalties.

"I have done so myself - I lost to Sheffield United and then I lost in Russia.

"I remember (then United chairman) Mr (Martin) Edwards saying, 'Thanks Steve, you have just cost us £12million'. Great players can miss penalties.

"No, in seriousness, we mustn't forget he has been fantastic and again, he has got two goals for us.

"It could have been a wonder-day for him, couldn't it? It wasn't quite, but he has been fantastic for Sunderland and these things happen.

"It made my life a little bit uncomfortable for a while, but it was a wonderful spectacle."

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