Writer: Lorna Silva
Date:Sunday October 13 2013
Over a number of weeks we have heard a lot of slating of England's Number One and MCFC stopper Joe Hart from hacks and learned pundits like Roy Keane...
On the other hand Joe has had praise heaped on him by former and current goalkeepers alike.
In the thrashing by Bayern Munich Joe was pretty poor but then again look at what happened when Barcelona played them. Barca were simply outplayed and outclassed and tuned 7 - 0. So to be fair, in Joe's defence he didn't do such a bad job on the grand scale of things. I will be honest and say that Ribery and Robben's goals were let in at the near post when really they could have been saved. Joe knew he had messed up and admitted it.
But ahead of that game we saw people having a go about Weimann's goal for Aston Villa, Cardiff in August when Campbell shot from a corner and for England, the shot from Morrison, which did go straight through. Personally, I am not afraid to criticise. After all it is said a bit of healthy criticism can only serve for the benefit of the good and if it improves your performance then so be it.
However, for what its worth, Joe's form does not seem to have deterred England manager Roy Hodgson who openly praised Joe on BBC Sport by confirming that Hart remained his Number One going into the Montenegro win and has never let him down. Joe has a total of 35 international caps and had kept clean sheets in England's previous two world Cup qualifying games. Meanwhile, the toying with statistics continues elsewhere with WhoScored.com actually placing Joe as being the 19th best keeper in the Premier League. Crikey!
I suggest that a lot of this rating and slating has come simply from the fact that Joe has previously raised his standards so high that he could not surely be expected to sustain them and obviously, in the past he has proven time and time again to be an excellent player and hopefully he will continue to do that. As far as I am concerned, for City to even think about dismissing him would be a disaster for the club, the players, the fans and most importantly Joe! I cannot imagine how Joe feels when he goes onto a pitch after the world and Keane have 'had a go' about his performances.
A 'stopper' is part of a 'mythical union of goalkeepers' and no one understands them apart from of course another goalkeeper, so when they don't stop a ball hitting the back of the net no one can understand why as we obviously expect them to save every shot heading their way. Even the more reasonable amongst us are often unsure what is and what is not excusable. In defence of all 'keepers the only ones who know what is and what is not saveable are of course the guys who wear the oversized gloves stood in front of the net! The fact that every camera in the world of football is trained on them is another matter altogether. Any errors made never go unnoticed.
Looking back at that second Bayern goal, the other player who should take a portion of the blame had to be Gael Clichy. He was day dreaming but the blame for the third goal definitely lay at the Joe's feet, namely his vulnerability, but in all the media reports the following day no one mentioned Clichy's error, only poor Joe's.
So for now Joe will be left to suffer under the public eye and as mentioned by Gavin Brown in the Metro 'Never mind a Trade Union. goal keepers need to get themselves some PR Consultants...'
Come on Joe for City and England!
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Tu 05 Nov 19h45 GMT CSKA Moscow, The Etihad CLGS4
Su 10 Nov 1405 GMT Sunderland, Stadium of Light PL
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Th 26 Dec 15h00 GMT Liverpool, The Etihad PL
Sa 28 Dec 15h00 GMT Crystal Palace, The Etihad PL
We 01 Jan2014 15h00 GMT Swansea City, Liberty Stadium PL
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