Joleon Lescott tips Manchester City team-mate Joe Hart to battle through the criticism after latest error

Goalkeeper will have felt he could have done better in saving Romelu Lukaku's effort but Lescott says he is strong enough to deal with anything that comes his way

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott backed Joe Hart to come through the criticism being thrown his way after the England goalkeeper helped his club to a 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday.

Despite his refusal to confirm that Hart would start following his midweek mistakes against Bayern Munich, City boss Manuel Pellegrini showed faith in the 26-year-old while changing more than half his team.

"We never doubted Joe and were never concerned with is form or ability," Lescott told BT Sport 1 on his England team-mate. "Joe's a strong enough man. He can deal with anything that's put on his shoulders."

Defeats by Aston Villa and Bayern Munich had made this a vital game for City and under-pressure Hart, and they responded in style at the Etihad Stadium to end Everton's unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season.

Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees ahead in the 16th minute but Alvaro Negredo equalised a minute later and Sergio Aguero struck to give the hosts the lead just before half-time.

The unlucky Tim Howard then diverted in a third in the 69th minute after initially saving Aguero's penalty.

"We went behind but showed great character to get back into the game and dominate from then on," Lescott said.

"I felt we had a few more chances in the first half and maybe we could have done better, but we (showed) our desire and commitment to the game throughout 90 minutes."

Lescott acknowledged it was important for City to get back to winning ways heading into the international break.

"I think it's probably come at the right time, going into the international break," he said. "We can't dwell on it for too long.

"Obviously now we can go away and gear up for something different - qualifying for the World Cup - and then come back and refocus on the Premier League."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there