Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert defended benching Darren Bent for defeat at Tottenham.

Lambert's decision to field Christian Benteke ahead of Bent was a surprise one given that the England striker had come off the bench to score a crucial equaliser against West Brom last week.

The Scot defended the decision tonight, saying: "Christian gives you a different option.

"Darren's threat is going in behind. That was the only reason why we did it.

"Tottenham's full-backs are going to bomb on at every opportunity so that's why I went with that decision. Darren has been fine about it."