Hart closing in on record
- Thu 31 Mar 2011, 9:45AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Joe Hart needs four more clean sheets to equal the club record currently held by Nicky Weaver – and five to beat it.
With nine games of the season to go – ten if the Blues reach the FA Cup final – Hart has a good chance of achieving the 26 stop-outs in all competitions this season that Weaver managed during City’s 1998/99 campaign.
Weaver remained unbeaten in 26 of the 55 games he played that season and was one of the main reasons Joe Royle’s side won promotion from Division Two.
Hart’s record is all the more impressive as he’s had 22 clean sheets this season from just 45 appearances. If the Blues do progress to the FA Cup final and Hart avoids injury, he will have played exactly the same number as Weaver who, incidentally, completed that season with a Wembley appearance.
Hart can also claim to have already kept 25 clean sheets this season having kept three shut-outs for England during 2010/11.
The Blues have stopped their opponents scoring 23 times in total this season with Shay Given in goal for the 3-0 win over Salzburg in December.
Last season the Blues kept just 14 clean sheets in the entire campaign, so it’s fair to say the defence has tightened up considerably over the past 12 months.