Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed how he coped with being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini earlier in the season, BBC
Costel Pantilimon has been City’s goalkeeper in the competition so far and stepped in for Hart after Hart was benched by Pellegrini following a series of mistakes.
Hart praised his teammate and added he would understand if Pellegrini kept faith with Pantilimon for the Wembley showpiece against Sunderland.
“It is for the manager to decide. Costel has played most of the games and done well and played brilliant and not conceded a goal,” Hart said.
“It is a squad game, which I am learning more and more as I get older and the more and more I am involved in such a great side and squad,” the former Shrewsbury Town custodian continued. “The manager is making a lot of good decisions at the moment and whether it is myself or Costel, we will play our hearts out for the team to get the result.
“You have to be able to accept when you are playing or not,” Hart went on. “After being dropped I just did what I always did – I went and trained hard and listened to what the manager had to say and knuckled down and got on with my job to the best of my ability.
“When managers have got decisions to make, whether it benefits me or not, I have to be man enough to take it. I work hard every day to win and I understand it doesn’t always go my way and you have to move forward.”
Hart has been at City since 2006, having come through the system at Shrewsbury. He had loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City before establishing himself with City. The 26-year-old has to date made more than 200 appearances for the club.
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