I needed to save Lampard's penalty, says Manchester City keeper Hart

The 25-year-old denied the Chelsea midfielder with the scores level at the Etihad Stadium, a moment which proved decisive as the hosts went on to earn a 2-0 victory
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says he felt he "needed" to save Frank Lampard’s penalty during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea.

The England No.1 brought Demba Ba to ground in the box with the scores tied at 0-0 after 52 minutes, but atoned for his error by producing a fine stop to deny Lampard.

And, after strikes from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero handed City victory, Hart explained that he was desperate to keep the spot-kick out.

He told the club's official website: “I needed to do it [because] I obviously gave the penalty away. Demba Ba was clever and left his knee in.

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"I needed to save it, the job got done and then the boys did the rest."

The 25-year-old also revealed that he has previously discussed penalties with England team-mate Lampard and revealed his admiration for the Blues midfielder.

“We talk about it [penalties] at length,” he added. “I enjoy talking to him about football, he's a hero of mine, and a really tough opponent.

"I'd stay behind for hours, if I could, practising penalties with him because I know how good he is. I don't think I'm ever going to affect him, I think he's got his way to do it and luckily I went the right way."

And Hart went on to say that he still holds hope of catching Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, despite the 12-point gap between the teams.

"We never give up, I think we've made that obvious. Even if there's one game to go and there's still 12 points we'll do everything we can to win the league - even if it's not possible!

“Obviously United, if they keep on winning, there's nothing we can do but if they don't, they need to know we're going to be there."