Darren Bent wins praise from Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert praised the fit-again Darren Bent as his side came from behind to beat Ipswich and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

The striker scored his first goal for more than three months to cancel out Michael Chopra's opener for Ipswich before Andreas Weimann headed a winner.

"That finish is Darren Bent down to a tee. It was top class," Lambert said.

Bent back in the groove

  • The goal against Ipswich was only Bent's fourth of the season and his first since he found the net against WBA on 30 September 2012
  • Bent has scored in four of his last five FA Cup matches

"His overall game was very good - his whole work ethic, the way he played. But his general game was very good."

Bent had missed five matches with a hamstring problem, the latest in a long line of niggling injuries, and there had been speculation - dismissed by Lambert - that he would be sold during this month's transfer window.

"Considering he only really trained with us yesterday, it was a big, big effort from him," Lambert added.

"We left out a few lads to give them a break and I was delighted with everyone that came in. I thought it was a massive effort."

Lambert must now consider whether to keep faith with Bent for Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg at Bradford.