Hart happy to deny Lampard

Joe Hart was relieved to save a penalty from one of his big

heroes when denying Frank Lampard in Manchester City’s win over

Chelsea.

The goalkeeper gave away the spot-kick in the second half of

Sunday’s 2-0 victory but then prevented his England team-mate from

scoring from 12 yards.

Hart’s save was the platform for Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez to

go on and win the game and he was pleased to contribute positively

after recent criticism.

Hart, who had come under scrutiny after a poor performance in

the loss to Southampton, said: “Lamps is a big hero of mine and it

was nice to save it but I gave it away so I had to.

“It was just a case of trying to go the right way and getting a

strong hand to it.”

The win allowed City to close the gap to Manchester United at

the top of the Premier League to 12 points and Toure, who opened

the scoring for City, was happy with the result.

He said: “The first half was quite good. We missed a couple of

chances and Joe had to make a big save. I think it made the

difference.

“Of course we know United are very strong away and at home and

it’s going to be very tough but we have to keep going.”