Cape Town - West
Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes Joe Hart gets more flak than he
deserves, both at club level and with the England national team.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper takes regular criticism from fans despite
some good showing with both the Hammers and the Three Lions, and Bilic
pointed to his heroics in England’s recent 1-0 win over Slovenia.
"I think you don't appreciate him," Bilic said. "I watched the game against Slovenia. He was man of the match.
"But you didn't have that feeling from the studio, from the
commentator, saying it was a penalty [to Slovenia] – it wasn't a
penalty. If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation, nobody
would say it was a penalty. I have that feeling at this moment.
"Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I'm not
just talking about goalkeeping now. The guy never slaughters anyone in
"He is taking the bullets, he is there every single time, whether he
is at [Manchester] City or Torino or West Ham. He is a great
professional and a top pro."