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Bent delighted with debut strike

Darren Bent was delighted to end a tough week with a winning goal on his debut as Aston Villa beat Manchester City 1-0.

Bent shrugs off price tag

Bent, who made an acrimonious move from Sunderland earlier this week, slotted home after Joe Hart had parried Ashley Young's effort.

"It was a difficult game," he told ESPN. "They always say the first goal is the most important and we got it early

"It's been a hard week but these are the occasions we enjoy and I'm going to enjoy it tonight."

Villa had to withstand heavy pressure in the second half and Richard Dunne praise the performance of his central defensive partner James Collins.

"James Collins was brilliant and we defended well as a team," he said.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier was also keen to praise the performance of his whole team.

He said: "I'm pleased for Darren because it's his first goal for us, also his first game, but I thought the whole team were fantastic today. We've beaten a great team.

"We kept a clean sheet, sometimes with a bit of luck, but you don't win games only with luck, also a bit of talent."

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