Lambert's methods frustrate forward
Darren Bent has admitted to being frustrated with Aston Villa's rotation policy but will work hard to be a regular in the starting XI.
The 28-year-old England international striker has been used to being one of the first names on the team-sheet since he made a record transfer move to Villa Park from Sunderland in January 2011.
However current Villa boss Paul Lambert, who replaced the sacked Alex McLeish in the summer, caused a stir when he left Bent out of his line-up for the Premier League games against West Brom and Tottenham with Gabby Agbonlahor and summer signing Christian Benteke getting the nod.
Bent's omission came after he was also stripped of the captaincy with another new recruit, defender Ron Vlaar, taking on the armband.
Lambert was forced to play down suggestions there was a rift between the pair, while Bent was restored to the starting XI for Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Fulham.
But the player has now spoken out to admit that he is not a fan of Lambert's tinkering with his team line-ups as he feels it affects his ability to find some consistency in front of goal.
"Any player who values himself wants to play week in, week out. In rotation it is hard to find a rhythm but it was the manager's decision," said Bent, who has scored two goals so far this term.
"You have to live by that and you have to keep working hard."