City boss unhappy with England No 1’s displays this season.
Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has launched a withering attack on his own goalkeeper Joe Hart after the Premier League champions lost 3-1 at lowly Southampton on Saturday evening.
That shock defeat has now left the top-flight title holders with a mountain to climb if they are to retain their league crown this season, especially if arch-rivals Manchester United overcome Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to open up a mammoth 12-point lead at the top of the table with just 12 matches of the season to go.
And City’s Italian manager had no doubts as to where the blame should rest following the club’s latest setback, and it was at the feet of England international No 1 Hart, who endured a torrid time at St Mary’s in front of the TV cameras.
Hart firstly gifted Jason Puncheon the home team’s opener, before another bad error allowed Steven Davis to give the Saints an unexpected 2-0 lead
“Joe has made too many mistakes. He has not been good enough,” Mancini said in his post-match press conference.
“It was a really bad mistake from Joe.
“It was not good enough. It’s not strange because he’s done a few mistakes this year.”