I can finish, says Darren

DARREN Bent got the Burnley bug out of his system by taking it out on fellow Lancastrians Preston."I've got it right again. I've proved I'm a good finisher," declared the 18-year-old Ipswich front man.

By Dave Allard

DARREN Bent got the Burnley bug out of his system by taking it out on fellow Lancastrians Preston.

"I've got it right again. I've proved I'm a good finisher," declared the 18-year-old Ipswich front man.

The substitute strike sensation came on at Portman Road on Saturday to send the men from Deepdale into a deep depression with the last two goals in a

3-0 win.

At Burnley seven days earlier, Bent had come off the bench for an even longer period to miss good chances in a game eventually drawn 1-1.

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"That match was a disappointment, but at least I was getting in scoring

positions," said Bent, now on ten goals for the campaign.

"This time I did and got the goals as well."

The weekend brace was Bent's second two-goal Suffolk salvo on the trot,

following the pair plundered in the 4-0 home FA Cup third round win over Morecambe, also after coming on as a substitute.

His namesake was also on target as Joe Royle's promotion-chasers made it nine games without defeat to move within two points of the play-off zone.

The first goal came from Marcus Bent, the 24-year-old striker netting his fifth of the campaign.

Darren Ambrose, Bent junior's big mate, who is also on ten goals for the season, was the provider for both his

second-half goals as Preston were sunk.

The midfield star – also 18 – gave his pal a first courtesy of a corner and the second by means of a slide-rule through pass.

Bent said: "My second goal reminded me of my second against Morecambe with Darren threading me through.

"I love scoring like that – I kept my cool and put it away. It was great to come on and score two goals again."

The buoyant Blues now turn their attention to the FA Cup campaign.

Next Saturday they have a tough tie at fellow in-form First Division side Sheffield United.

In early November, not long after Royle arrived to take charge, Town gave a good account of themselves in a 0-0 draw at Bramall Lane.

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