By Darren Bent

23rd Jan, 2020 | 4:24pm

'I'm fighting somebody' - Exclusive: Bent baffled after controversial call at Aston Villa

Darren Bent admits he was baffled to see Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa lose his goal to Tyrone Mings in the 2-1 win over Watford.

The former Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he would be “fighting” to make it his own if he was the 22-year-old centre-back.

Konsa’s injury-time strike took a minor deflection off of his teammate before beating Ben Foster between the sticks, meaning it has officially gone down as Mings’ goal.

After seeing Konsa left devastated post-game with the controversial call, Bent says there is no way that Mings can claim the goal as his own after knowing nothing about it.

“I’m fighting somebody and saying that’s my goal,” Bent told Football Insider.

“Mings doesn’t know a thing about it, I don’t know how they can call it Mings’ goal. Mings is on the floor, it takes the slightest of deflections and goes into the top corner.

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“I felt for him. The bigger picture is they needed that, they absolutely needed that. They were struggling performance-wise. Everything relied on (Jack) Grealish. When they were1-0 down, I feared the worst.”

The decision to chalk it down as Mings’ goal means Konsa is yet to find the back of the net for the Villans this season, having played 17 times across all competitions so far.

Meanwhile, it was his centre-back partner’s second goal of the campaign, the first coming in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips admits he was alarmed by one Villa star’s admission over the squad’s lack of fight this season.