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Poll: When Will Manchester City's Joe Hart Concede a Goal?

Joe Hart Manchester City 2010/11 Manchester City V Liverpool (3-0) 23/08/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

It’s only been two games in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, but Manchester City keeper Joe Hart has continued his dominating form and has yet to give up a goal in his first three matches. Manchester City were quite brilliant on Monday night at Eastlands as they passed their way through the Liverpool defense on way to a 3-0 home win.

As good as City were moving forward in attack through wingers Adam Johnson and debutante James Milner, Hart was equally as impressive through the night but specifically when he kept out multiple quick fire attempts from Steven Gerrard (who hit the post) then David Ngog and finally Fernando Torres in another commanding performance.

Whether or not City can challenge for the title this year is yet to be seen and will depend on Roberto Mancini’s tactics away from home. If the Italian elects to ‘go for it’, City are as deep as any team in the league and have extra quality in almost every position. Here is a short list of players who were left out or on the bench for City on Monday night:

David Silva, Emmanuel Adebayor, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Shay Given, Pablo Zabaleta, Patrick Vieira, Jo and Mario Balotelli – to name a few.

Pretty impressive if you ask me.

As a United fan with no real ingrained dislike or hatred toward City, I’m almost looking forward to seeing what they can do this season. Keyword ‘almost’.

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  1. winstongator

    August 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

    At least for a little while you need to mention how Hart would have done in South Africa. Capello went for the past instead of the future.

    • Matthew Reed

      August 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      what is really remarkable is that he is doing it now, under quite a bit of pressure. Given is sitting on the bench and has every reason to demand a start. Hart knows that a howler would probably make way for Shay. Regardless, there is Hart, getting after it, not playing it safe and being as aggressive as a keeper can get.

      England’s #1 and a City legend in the making.


  2. Poker Rakeback

    August 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    While watching those saves made by Joe Hart it reminded me just how brave Goalkeepers have to be. On his last save when he runs to the the striker and does a kind of star jump to make himself big, he must know that the striker is gonna smack that ball as hard as he can, Hart had to risk taking one in the face, the chest or the groin all to keep his clean sheet
    He’ll be the best in the world within 2 years, England’s number 1.

  3. soccergirl

    August 24, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Hopefully when he is not wearing the England shirt. I hope for England that he carries on playing well this season as he did for Birmingham.

  4. jleau

    August 24, 2010 at 12:52 am

    No kidding, it takes some doing putting Given out of a job. The kid is class.

  5. chelsea_fan

    August 24, 2010 at 12:50 am

    before Peter Cech
    when will epltalk give props to Chelsea
    Peter Cech has not allowed a goal in his last 5 PL matches
    in last 10 domestic matches Cech has only gave up 4 goals

    • Naurien

      August 24, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Cech has already conceded this season, 3 to ManU in the community shield.

      • CTBlues

        August 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

        You might want to check for facts Naurien because Cech didn’t play in the community shield Hilario was in goal for Chelsea the whole match.

        • Naurien

          August 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

          Sorry, I didn’t watch the game and that was my fault for not checking the facts.

          However, I wouldn’t consider the Community Shield as preseason any more than I would count Hart’s time in goal for the Europa league games preseason, so Hart has so far gone more minutes without conceding.

          Looking at the future matchups, I don’t really forsee either ‘keeper conceding before the two face off in September.

      • CTBlues

        August 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

        Also if you want to count preseason Hart gave up goals during the Barclay’s New York Challenge.

  6. Zahid

    August 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Im a fan of Joe Harts hes got talent, if you keep Shay Given out of the team you must be doing something right. But as with all England keepers and keepers in general theres a mistake or few in him to come somewhere down the line, then the Britsih media will criticise him. Lastly as a Liverpool fan, i just want to say welldone to Man City Joe Hart and Mancini good luck for the rest of the season you deserved to win and all the plaudits last night……YNWA

    • Kevin

      September 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      if u keep Shay Given out of the team you are doing something right? Shay Given is much better than any keeper England ever had, their keepers are all shit. Did u see the mistake hart made today? never seen Given make them mistakes, Harts form is over and so is man city.
      You have no clue about football as i can clearly see

  7. Phillip Badger

    August 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Would it be worth mentioning Kasper Schmeichel’s first few games at City here?

    just saying 😛

  8. Sir Guy

    August 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Can you say S-T-U-D? I know it’s early in the season, so we don’t want to be too quick with the anointing, but does anyone actually think he is done growing into the position? What if he gets BETTER? :-O

  9. Berglad

    August 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Spurs bench on the opening day of the season in which they tore Man city apart again and again:

    10 Robbie Keane (SUB)
    23 Carlo Cudicini (SUB)
    9 Roman Pavlyuchenko (SUB)
    4 Younes Kaboul (SUB)
    19 Sebastien Bassong (SUB)
    12 Wilson Palacios (SUB)
    17 Giovani Dos Santos (SUB)

    with Niko Kranjcar, Kyle Walker, Jermaine Jenas not able to fit on the bench and Jamie O’Hara, David Bentley, and Jonathan Woodgate all injured

    • confused

      August 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      lol u really comparing this lot lol tore city apart so much it was 0-0 one to tell the grand children im sure

      • Zahid

        August 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

        good comeback, because at the end of the day people remember the score more than performance, even tho Spurs deserved to win and Bale should have scored the tap in.

    • Phenoum

      August 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

      I was about to pull up the stats about Arsenal’s bench with V.Persie and Fabregas sitting there, but then I realized you dont’ have any sense in you anyhow so why go through the trouble…

  10. The Gaffer

    August 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I was looking for an answer of “Never” in the poll, but was disappointed to see that it wasn’t one of the choices!

    One of the things I love about sports is being able to see athletes “grow” before our eyes. I remember when Joe Hart was goalkeeper at Shrewsbury Town and people were saying that he was an England goalkeeper of the future. And then Sven gave him a chance at City and the rest is history.

    The Gaffer

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