Darren Bent admits he's had a tough couple of weeks at Aston Villa.
Bent stepped off the bench to cancel out Shane Long's opener for yesterday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
He told Sky Sports: "Obviously it would have been nice to play from the start but I managed to score the goal to get a point.
"It's obviously been a difficult couple of weeks, losing the captaincy first off then finding out I wasn't playing today. But we battled all the way through and we got the point.
"Today we showed signs that we are heading in the right direction and we've all got faith in the manager.
"All I can do is keep playing well for Villa and keep scoring the goals, then hopefully I'll be in the squad."