Bent baffled by problems

DARREN Bent joins up with England Under-21s today, baffled at what is going wrong with Ipswich Town at the moment, writes Derek Davis.Although the Blues have four points from three games, the defeat at Derby County highlighted the problems the team has at the moment but the striker admits it is difficult to put a finger on why.

DARREN Bent joins up with England Under-21s today, baffled at what is going wrong with Ipswich Town at the moment, writes Derek Davis.

Although the Blues have four points from three games, the defeat at Derby County highlighted the problems the team has at the moment but the striker admits it is difficult to put a finger on why.

He said: "We haven't got a clue why it is going wrong. Everyone is working their nuts off in training and in games but for some reason it is not quite working for us.

"We have not played as well as we can in any of the three games. Hopefully the performances will start to come, with time and with the hard work we are putting in, it is bound to come good soon."

Despite struggling with a cold, Bent thought he had snatched his second goal in as many games when he finished off Town's best move of the game early in the second half, only to see it scrubbed out for offside, with Ipswich leading 2-1 at the time.

He said: "I couldn't tell if it was offside or not, I just made my run and tried to finish off a good ball from Dean and it went in. Unfortunately it was offside so now I hope I can get one against Cardiff instead."

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After that it all went wrong again for Ipswich with Derby coming back to win 3-2.

Bent said: "The luck was with us against Forest when we came away with a 1-1.

"We thought it might be with us again when we went 2-1 up and started the second half quite well. But once they got their second goal it gave them a massive lift and we couldn't live with them.

"Derby have improved immensely since we beat them last season but I'm not surprised.

"George Burley is a fantastic manager. He did a great job with us then what happened, happened. They also have Malcolm Webster who is a good goalkeeping coach and they have come on a long way under George."

Bent, along with Matt Richards and Ian Westlake, reported for England Under-21 duty last night for the friendly against Ukraine, at Middlesbrough, and he knows he is in for grief from County keeper Lee Camp.

He said: "Usually it is Lee Grant in goal for them and I do well against him and give him some stick. This time it is Lee Camp and they have ended up with the last laugh. He will be with England this week so I know what to expect. I will just have to take it and get on with it."

But even as he looks to add to his international goal tally, Bent's thoughts are on Town's Championship clash with Cardiff at Portman Road.

He added: "It was disappointing that we didn't manage to perform but hopefully we can put that right on Saturday against Cardiff."

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