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The striker believes his manager has what it takes to propel the Midlands club away from the relegation zone and is hoping to wants out help out by rediscover his scoring touch

Darren Bent insists Paul Lambert has the full support of the Aston Villa players and supporters and believes its only a matter of time before the club are battling at the top end of the Premier League.

Lambert has endured a tough start to life in the Midlands since arriving from Norwich in the summer with Villa sitting just a point and a place above the bottom three after winning just once in their opening eight games.

Despite the Scot taking the captain's armband away from him during the summer and handing it to new signing Ron Vlaar, the 28-year-old striker is adamant he is the man to the take Villa forward, despite a disappointing defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

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"I don't think we deserved to lose the game at Craven Cottage," Bent told the club's official website.

"We should have at least come away with a point. But it wasn't meant to be so we have to forget about it now and move on to the next game, which is Norwich.

"It's a big match for the gaffer this weekend. You always want to do well against your former club.

"He's our manager now. All the fans and the players are backing him and I'm sure we'll turn the results around."

Bent hasn't enjoyed the most fruitful period in front of goal thus far, scoring just twice in the league, but is confident he will start to find the net on a more regular basis.

"It's all about getting in the right positions at the right time," the England international added. "That's all I've done throughout my career.

"Sometimes you'll run right and the ball will go left. It's just one of those things I'm sure."

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