Darren Bent is not anticipating a warm welcome when makes his return to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Bent is returning to Spurs for the first time since his Â£10million transfer and now infamous Twitter rant, but is hoping that his personal situation will not detract from the fixture itself.
The forward launched a foul-mouthed tirade via the social networking site towards the Tottenham hierachy as his move to Sunderland was stalled by various factors.
He will lead the line on Saturday against his former employers, but doesn’t want his return to overshadow the match.
He told Sunderland’s official website, “It’s going to be strange, but I don’t want the game to be about Darren Bent v Spurs, because it’s so much more than that.
“It’s about us – Sunderland – kicking on to the next level and hopefully pushing into Europe.
“I’m expecting a hostile reception, but that often happens when you return to a former club.
“But at the same time, I don’t want people to turn the game into all about me going back there.
“It would mean a lot for me to score, but it would mean everything if the team wins.
If the team wins and I don’t score,Â I will be the happiest man alive. But if I score and we don’t win, i will be devastated.”
Bent was told by the Sunderland management to tone down his Twittering ahead of the Tottenham match, to avoid inflaming the fixture any further.
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