Villa boss Lambert explains Bent benching

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

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."

Have your say