Bent keen for return to form

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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is hoping he can replicate his international form for his club as they stave to fight off relegation.

The England man scored his third goal in as many games for his country, but now has his mind firmly set on helping Villa survive the drop in the Barclays Premier League.

And Bent says he's hoping he can take his impressive international form into Villa's run-in.

“Sometimes it happens like that. It’s the first time in a while Aston Villa have been involved in a relegation battle but I’m sure we’ll get out of it. When we get everyone back, everyone performing, then we can get out of it and really kick on.

“It’s always at the back of your mind: ‘oh no, the Villa form, the Villa form’ but international football is hard so you need to stay focused and that goes for me, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.


“To be fair, at Villa, Ashley doesn’t play wide, he plays just behind me, so with every game we play we will get to know each other better and that will help Villa.”

Despite his recent run in Fabio Capello's side, the 27-year-old has scored just three times in a Villa shirt since making his £18 million move from Sunderland in the January transfer window.

Gerard Houllier's side face four of the side's who are in and around them in the Barclays Premier League, before facing Arsenal and Liverpool in their final two games of the season.

Villa are just a point above the relegation zone, with six points separating all of the bottom half.

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