Manchester City Goalkeeper Joe Hart Plays Down Significance Of Top Performance Against Tottenham

Shot-stopper reckons he's not yet undisputed No 1...
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart remained modest about his strong performance in the opening game of the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur.

There had been a significant amount of speculation surrounding who would be handed the starting role, as manager Roberto Mancini had confirmed recently that he was yet to make a decision concerning the England international and last season's first choice, Shay Given.

However, Hart was given the green light and put in a display worthy of being handed the man of the match award, for making some sensational saves during the first half to prevent Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto from scoring.

"It was just an enjoyable day, I love playing football," he told Sky Sports.

"It was just another game I was looking forward to."

The 23-year-old shot-stopper also believes that one top performance does not mean that he has overthrown Given to pin down the No.1 spot at the club, saying: "No. Shay Given is the other goalkeeper and I'm sure he'll get chances. We'll be pushing each other, he's a great goalkeeper."

Hart also believes that it was important to get a result on the opening day of the season, particularly owing to the barrage in the first half.

"We needed to get a result today as a big team," he said. "We had to dig in in the first half.

"But we had a few chances and maybe we could have taken them."

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