Darren Bent loved Liverpool’s Anfield, says West Ham’s Chicken Run was horrible, while Tottenham vs Chelsea was electric in Premier League classic

    Every football fan in the land will likely tell you it’s their ground that has the best atmosphere on a game day.

    But being on the pitch is totally different to sitting in the stands, as former Premier League striker Darren Bent will tell you.

    Bent has played in some incredible atmospheres in his time

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    Bent has played in some incredible atmospheres in his time

    talkSPORT’s Drive co-host has played for Charlton, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Sunderland as well as England in a career that saw him score 106 top flight goals.

    And Benty explained where he really felt the presence of the ’12th man.’

    “Do you know what’s up there – Spurs vs Chelsea. Oh my goodness gracious me,” he said as he recalled the sounds of the hotly contested London derby.

    Bent particularly remembers a thrilling game at White Hart Lane that ended 4-4, when a late Robbie Keane equaliser raised the roof.

    “It was just electric,” he recalled.

    But Bent has also played in the Premier League’s biggest grounds.

    Anfield is famous for its atmosphere. However, many fans have pointed out it’s not as bouncing as it’s made out to be.

    But Bent insists Liverpool’s home was incredible to play at.

    “Maybe because Liverpool expect to win, and most of the time they are winning, it’s a little bit like ‘oh, well we’re winning again’,” he said when asked if the Anfield noise is a myth.

    “They don’t have to sing to bring their club back. We’ve said it before about rivalries and atmospheres.

    “I fancy Liverpool against any team on the planet, in the Champions League, in the second leg, they’ll win it at Anfield!

    “I think there’s something special about Anfield under the lights which I never got to play in because I always played at 3 o’clock or the early kick-off.”

    Anfield is one of football’s most iconic stadiums


    Anfield is one of football’s most iconic stadiums

    Bent also singled out West Ham’s old ground Upton Park, and it’s infamous east stand known as the ‘Chicken Run’.

    The stand was known as the loudest and most intimidating at the Boleyn Ground.

    “I do think supporters make the 12th man,” he added.

    “I remember going to Upton Park, I played there under the lights. My God, their fans were electric in there.

    “It was loud, it was horrible, it was hostile!”

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    The Chicken Run was demolished when West Ham moved to the London Stadium

    The Irons left the Boleyn Ground in 2016

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    The Irons left the Boleyn Ground in 2016


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