Joe Hart criticised after another poor Manchester City performance
England goalkeeper Joe Hart was in the spotlight on Wednesday night after conceding three goals against Bayern Munich, two of which could possibly have been avoided.
October 3rd, 2013
Hart allowed Franck Ribery’s shot to open the scoring from long range, while Arjen Robben also managed to beat the 26-year-old on the hour mark and the player’s keeping drew criticism from England coach Gary Neville.
Neville, who also works as a pundit for Sky Sports, pulled few punches when it came to analysing Hart’s performance, with the player’s form somewhat worrying ahead of England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Neville said: “It’s the power of the shot. He’s got to do better there, Joe Hart, beaten at his near post. It just goes through his hand. It’s not the start Manchester City wanted or the goalkeeper.”
Of Arjen Robben’s goal on 60 minutes, Neville said: “You have to say Joe Hart’s got to do better again at that near post. That’s twice he’s been beaten there tonight. He’ll be disappointed again.”
Manuel Pellegrini has now seen Manchester City concede three goals in their past two games, having lost 3-2 at Aston Villa at the weekend and a forthcoming match against Everton will test a defence which looked positively resolute against Manchester United.
“Of course, I’m worried about the mistakes,” City’s manager said. “But I think that was not an easy game. We played against a very strong team. But our performance was not the way we are playing. It is important to think about the future and what the solutions are. I will talk about the team, not individual players. We played really badly. Not the team we see every week in the Premier League.”