x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Bent shoots down City

The Tottenham striker Darren Bent scored twice as Spurs came from behind in a game that saw three red cards.

Darren Bent celebrates scoring the first of his two goals with Jermaine Jenas in Totteham's 2-1 win against Manchester City.
Darren Bent celebrates scoring the first of his two goals with Jermaine Jenas in Totteham's 2-1 win against Manchester City.

MANCHESTER // The in-form Darren Bent took his tally to five goals in two games as Tottenham came from behind to continue their astonishing rejuvenation under new manager Harry Redknapp with victory over nine-man Manchester City at the Eastlands Stadium. Robinho's eighth goal of the season had given City an early lead, but Gelson Fernandes' early red card changed the complexion of the match.

Bent, who had scored a hat-trick for Tottenham in their 4-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, levelled on the half-hour mark as City skipper Richard Dunne failed to deal with a ball forward from Luka Modric. The Englishman added his second in the 64th minute as he rifled a shot past Joe Hart after good work from Jermaine Jenas. City had got off to the perfect start as Robinho was on hand to tap home after the Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could only parry away a shot from Darius Vassell.

But two bookings in the space of 10 minutes led to the dismissal of Fernandes and Tottenham took full advantage of their numerical advantage. City who have now lost five of their last seven league games tried to hit back at Tottenham, but their miserable day was summed up by Dunne's red card for a professional foul on Bent. Tottenham also had a man sent off late on as Benoit Assou-Ekotto was dismissed for a second yellow card, but it mattered little to Redknapp's side as the win sees them move out of the relegation zone.

* PA Sport