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Bent shines as life without Robbie begins

Four goals from Darren Bent helped ease the pain of Robbie Keane's departure as Tottenham cruised to a 5-1 friendly victory over Norwich at Carrow Road. An own goal from Dejan Stefanovic put the visitors ahead before Jamie Cureton levelled the scores, but the Premier League side showed their class as Bent restored Tottenham's lead before bagging a second-half hat-trick. Spurs boss Juande Ramos used Bent as a lone striker and Giovani dos Santos in a supporting role with Dimitar Berbatov left out due to a slight calf strain and Keane now a Liverpool player. The visitors went ahead in the 10th minute when dos Santos tricked his way into the box from the right wing and fired in a low cross, which was deflected past goalkeeper David Marshall by Stefanovic, on his first appearance for the Canaries. The Championship side started to come into the game after the opener and were rewarded for their efforts in the 16th minute when another defensive error, this time from Spurs captain Ledley King, allowed Cureton to run through and slot home. The visitors suffered a further blow shortly after when Michael Dawson was forced off following a clash of heads. But Spurs restored their lead two minutes shortly before the break with Jamie O'Hara setting up Bent to fire home from inside the area. The Premier League side gained a firm grip on the game after half-time and doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Bent latched onto a cross from substitute Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a diving header. Bent completed his hat-trick in the 72nd minute when he was first to dos Santos' saved shot - and he added a fourth in the 75th minute, also from close range, following Chris Gunter's cross.

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