Telegraph: Hart in the right place
- 27 December 2013 09:33
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Among the reports of yesterday’s fine win over Liverpool, Joe Hart is rightly singled out for praise as City edge closer to the top of the Premier League.
The England goalkeeper is back with a bang and made several fine stops at crucial stages.
Today, his performance is duly noted by some of the country’s top writers.
We begin with Henry Winter in the Telegraph, who writes: “City required much of their grit to ensure all three points. They were indebted to Hart, who made three important saves, particularly one from Coutinho in the first half, and he looks sharp after Manuel Pellegrini dropped him.
“Hart’s strong character has served him well, impressing Pellegrini and City’s coaching staff with his reaction. He has not sulked. He has worked hard and been rewarded.
“Hiding his frustration, Hart helped Costel Pantilimon prepare for games when the Romanian was chosen ahead of him, a professionalism and selflessness noted by Pellegrini. The whole episode has been a reminder of what a calm, sensible man-manager City have employed in their intelligent Chilean.”
The Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler continues the theme: “If there was one other major positive that Pellegrini could take away from victory over one of his closest rivals it was the performance of Joe Hart.
“The City goalkeeper has been under scrutiny like never before since he was axed in October after a series of high-profile blunders and replaced by Costel Pantilimon.
“In truth, the Romanian was only ever keeping Hart’s gloves warm despite talk of England’s No.1 growing unsettled in World Cup year.
“Pellegrini bristled at suggestions after the 6-3 win over Arsenal here earlier this month that it was merely a question of waiting for an excuse to reinstate Hart, but that was effectively the case.”
Finally, it’s always interesting to see how the opposition supporters saw the game and This Is Anfield have pulled together a balanced selection of tweets from Kopites after yesterday’s match.
It’s well worth a read as it is fascinating to see the match through different eyes and, in truth, the majority of points are well made and fair.