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Joe Hart Dropped By Manchester City For Clash With Norwich: Daily Soccer Report

Joe Hart has been dropped by Manchester City for tomorrow’s clash with Norwich City, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper.

Costel Pantilimon will start in goal for City after making an impressive performance against Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup midweek.

While Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini remained coy in his press conference interview today and didn’t say whether Hart or Pantilimon would be starting, The Guardian‘s Jamie Jackson reports that Pantilimon trained in goal behind City’s defense today and that he has been given the nod to start.

Hart has been blamed by many for a string of communication errors in the back at City. Pantilimon will get his chance to stake his claim for the starting spot tomorrow (the match will be shown live at 11am ET on Premier League Extra Time in the United States).

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  1. rkujay

    November 2, 2013 at 5:28 am

    It is a game of six inches, Joe. Between the ears.

  2. Marc L

    November 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Pants played EXTREMELY well against Newcastle. The defense sans-Kompany was shaky as ever and Pants really stood tall in the face of numerous dicey situations.

    No pun intended, of course.

    I’m not big on jacking players around too much, but you do sometimes see keepers benefit from having a little time off.

    I think a few years ago De Gea was getting lit up pretty hard and got dropped for a while. Seemed to help him.

    As to Hart, I like him as a player but he is at his weakest, I think, in terms of instincts for when to come out. And as it happens, the current defensive system asks this of him a bit more than what we had been doing previously.

  3. goisles01

    November 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Anyone who thinks Joe Hart is a handicap needs to see Oliver Baumanns performance for SC Freiburg this past weekend. Worst Ive ever seen.

    • Flyvanescence

      November 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Doesnt mean Hart isnt a handicap.

      Thats like saying “anyone who thinks obama is a bad president should look at bush.”

      • goisles01

        November 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        just saying the situation could be worse

      • M Owen

        November 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        Bush 1 or 2?

        • Flyvanescence

          November 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm


    • Dean Stell

      November 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Yeah….I agree that Hart has had some shaky moments, but his defense isn’t making it easy for him. They’re basically putting him in a lot of challenging positions where he’s having to make a lot more decisions than you want a goalkeeper to have to.

      Not exonerating Hart….I mean, if you want to be “world class”, you make those decisions correctly and clean up the mistakes of the defense. But still…..the keeper is the last line of defense. If he is having to bail you out all the time, it is a sign that other things are going wrong.

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