I won't be handing over penalty duties to Kenwyne Jones again, insists Sunderland striker Darren Bent

Darren Bent

Spot on: Darren Bent celebrates scoring his penalty

Darren Bent says he will never again dare to relinquish his penalty-taking duties at Sunderland.

The former Tottenham striker handed the ball to strike partner Kenwyne Jones in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Wolves, having already scored from the spot himself.

Although Bent says he was only trying to boost his team-mate’s confidence, furious Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has warned him not to do it again.

Bent said: ‘The manager had a little go at me afterwards and I think I’d rather not do it again because I don’t want the rap from him, but at the same time I think it's important that all the strikers are firing for the club.

‘I thought Kenwyne had been playing really well without getting the goal he deserved. He said he fancied it and I already had one, so I said “have it”.

Darren Bent

Back of the net: Bent fires his spot-kick past Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey

‘I was delighted to get two and happy that Kenwyne got two as well but the gaffer had a go at me and when I was thinking about it, maybe I shouldn't have done it. If he hadn’t scored I suppose the gaffer wouldn’t have been happy but I knew Kenwyne was going to score.

‘In my defence it shows that team spirit is great here. It’s about building bridges with your new team-mates and hopefully I’m doing that.’

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