But after being sent clear by Wilson Palacios, the striker crashed a drive against the crossbar on the hour.
"Who knows? If Benty had been a couple of inches lower then he could have won us the game," remarked Bruce. "It was a wonderful pass from Palacios, he (Bent) has taken it well, and you just think 'hit the target - goal'.
"But unfortunately there are fine margins, and today it wasn't our day."