Mancini: Hart must improve concentration to be the best
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Roberto Mancini has urged Joe Hart to increase his concentration levels if he wants to be considered a great goalkeeper. As befits an Italian manager, Mancini focused on the five goals Manchester City have conceded in their past two games rather than the six they have scored.
While Hart was not at fault for the three conceded in Saturday's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, it was his error, dropping a cross at Leicester midfielder Andy King's feet, which forced tonight's FA Cup replay at Eastlands.
The England No 1, who apologised to his team-mates after the 2-2 draw at the Walkers Stadium, will start the replay partly because it would be more difficult to loan or sell Shay Given if the Irishman were cup-tied. However, the 23-year-old's error is not forgotten.
"Joe is a young player and has saved the team many times but sometimes he can make mistakes," the Manchester City manager said. "For a young goalkeeper it is important to have full concentration but sometimes Joe loses his concentration. He is improving but I think he has a chance to improve some more because he is young and this is his second year in the first team. He can become one of the best goalkeepers in England but he has to want to work and want to improve.
"Conceding three against Wolves will be a good lesson for the Leicester game because the FA Cup is a very difficult competition – and without Joe's mistake the replay would not be happening."
Leicester manager Sven Goran Eriksson returns to Eastlands in a professional capacity for the first time since his sacking in 2008, with the prospect of facing another former club, Notts County, should his side win.
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