Hart gets backing from rival

Last Updated: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:55

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has warned Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini against dropping Joe Hart for his recent mistakes.

Hart's position as the Manchester City number one has come under extreme scrutiny this season after a number of high-profile and costly mistakes, most recently in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

Second string goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon kept a second straight clean sheet in the Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle on Wednesday evening but Pellegrini has refused to confirm who will start on Saturday.

Friedel believes that the Chilean should stick with the England international or he could risk harming his confidence even further.

Friedel said: "All goalkeepers go through ups and down.

"Goalkeeping is very much a confidence position. Joe has never struck me as a person who lacks in the confidence department.

"Being dropped can have a positive effect, but that depends how you take being dropped. If you sulk and stop doing your work, it's going to have an adverse effect. If you knuckle down and work even harder and take your chance when you get in again, it can have a positive effect."

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