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Bent to speak to Lambert about omission
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent expects to hold talks this week with manager Paul Lambert after being left out of the starting line-up for Sunday's home clash with West Brom.
The England international came off the bench to salvage a 1-1 draw with an 80th-minute equaliser after Shane Long had given the Baggies a 51st-minute lead. But Bent admitted being left out of Lambert's first XI was the climax to an unhappy fortnight.
He was not included by England boss Roy Hodgson in the squad for last month's World Cup qualifiers and was removed as Villa captain by Lambert. He said: "It's been a crappy couple of weeks, finding out I was no longer captain before the game (against Swansea). Then to find out when I got here (for West Brom) that I wasn't playing - it was disappointing."
He added: "But at the same time, the lads played well and over the weeks we have been slowly getting better and better. I can't remember the last time I was left out. I only found out when the gaffer read the team sheet out. I didn't know. It is frustrating and disappointing.
"All I can keep doing is what I did against West Brom - to come on and try to notch goals and go from there."
Asked what Lambert had said about leaving him out, Bent replied: "Nothing. I've not spoken to the manager at all about why he left me out.
"I'm sure we'll probably speak next week. You are always frustrated when you are not playing games, and the way I found out I wasn't playing."
Bent acknowledged being dropped could have been a kick up the backside.
He said: "Maybe. Strikers are always judged on scoring goals and, getting the one against Southampton last week, I thought I could build on that. But it just wasn't meant to be.
"Hopefully I'll score more goals now. I'm always a confident character and, if I get the chance, I'll score the goals."