Bent - Defences still tight

Villa striker does not believe goals are easier to come by

Darren Bent: Striker has not seen a weakening of defences in the top flight this season

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has not noticed any weakening of defences this year despite there being goals galore in the top flight.

With the season just over a quarter of the way through, there have been some big scorelines already, such as the 8-2 hammering handed out by Manchester United to Arsenal, while the Red Devils went down 6-1 at home to rivals Manchester City and the Gunners trounced Chelsea 5-3.

Some have suggested teams are more porous at the back this term but Villa hot-shot Bent, who has notched three times in the top flight, does not share this view.

He told Sky Sports News: "It hasn't seemed that way - it has been as difficult as ever trying to break teams down.

No different

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion but me being on the pitch and playing against defences, I don't see it being any different than it has been for a few years now."

Darren Bent

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"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but being on the pitch and playing against defences, I don't see it being any different than it has been for a few years now."

Some have also questioned whether it is worth trying to play the offside trap given the speed of both players and the movement of the ball.

Bent added: "Everyone in today's game is getting quicker and quicker, now that I agree with.

"But at the same time, all you can do is work at your own football club and on your own offside traps and defensive work and see how you get on on Saturday."