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Bruce in Bent blast over penalty

Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones
Bent and Jones celebrate after the latter's controversial penalty

Steve Bruce was left seething following Darren Bent's decision to hand penalty duties to Kenwyne Jones against Wolves.

Bent gave his side the lead from the spot in the first half but then opted to hand responsibility to Jones when a second penalty was awarded.

Jones scored to make it 2-0 but the incident did not please boss Bruce.

"That won't happen again," he fumed after the 5-2 home victory. "That's something you do on a pitch with your mates, not in the Premier League."

Bent, Sunderland's regular penalty-taker, looked set to take the second spot-kick against Wolves until partner Jones pleaded for his chance to get on the scoresheet.

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That certainly did not impress Bruce, although the Black Cats manager had to be told what had happened because of a long-standing superstition not to watch penalties.

"We have got one of the best penalty-takers in the country in Darren, so that won't happen again, that's for sure," said Bruce.

"We don't throw the ball to somebody else because he wants to score a goal. There would have been absolute hell to pay if he had missed. It's not right.


"Okay, if you are 5-0 up or 6-0 up or whatever, but it was an important part of the game and we have got a top, top-class penalty-taker who has never missed one, I don't think, in his career, throwing the ball away."

By handing Jones the chance to convert the second penalty, Bent also missed the opportunity to go second in the Premier League scoring charts behind Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who has scored eight league goals in this campaign.

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see also
Sunderland 5-2 Wolves
27 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Sunderland 4-1 Hull
12 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Bent move 'aided' by Twitter rant
06 Aug 09 |  Sunderland
Bent seals record Sunderland move
05 Aug 09 |  Sunderland

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