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England striker thinks victory can push Villans away from relegation worries, while match-winner James Collins pays tribute to side's character in vital win

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent believes that Gerard Houllier’s side can take confidence for the reminder of the season after recording a one goal victory against Newcastle United to jump to 14th in the Premier League.

The hitman spoke to Sky Sports after the victory saying: “It gives us massive confidence to move into the next game, we’ve got another cup final against West Ham which is going to be difficult, but we’ll take confidence from this game in the way we defended going into next week.”

Bent also spoke about the tension inside Villa Park, saying: “It’s to be expected at this time of year, when you’re fighting for your lives down at the bottom, everyone’s on the edge, the players and the fans, but once we got the goal we were in control of the game and could have got a lot more. “

The England striker was eager not to criticise the officials despite an incident in the first half where he put the ball into the net, but was adjudged to be offside, leading him to say: “Obviously we’ve looked at the replay at half time and show that it was onside, but you get these things and obviously we thought it was a penalty, but we’ve got three points today, so we’re happy and we’ll move on.”

And on the rest of the bottom half clubs losing this weekend, Bent said: “I’m sure a lot of the boys were watching the games yesterday and hoping that the results would go our way and every single result did, so it was about us today and we got three points today and we hopefully move away from the relegation zone.”

Also speaking to Sky Sports, the scorer of the only goal of the game, James Collins also reflected on the importance of the game and spoke in glowing tones on the character of the Villa performance. 

“We knew before the game that it was a massive game for us," he said. "To go one goal up and hang on the way we have and show the sprit with have in the second half is fantastic.”

Collins' goal came from an Ashley Young free-kick and the Wales international was quick to praise the quality of the England winger's set-piece delivery:  “It’s always the same with Youngie, if you make the right runs then his delivery is second to none, but I’ve been making the same run all season and failed to get on one, so it’s about time."

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