Sport 'I think you don't appreciate him' - Bilic believes Hart deserves better

06:55  13 october  2017
06:55  13 october  2017 Source:   Goal.com

'Easy target' Hart deserves better, says Bilic

  'Easy target' Hart deserves better, says Bilic Joe Hart is an easy target and is unappreciated, according to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backed Joe Hart, saying the goalkeeper was unfairly criticised and had become an easy target.

But Slaven Bilic believes the goalkeeper has never put a foot wrong for England. Bilic thinks England's No 1 has become an 'easy target' for those too lazy to realise how good he is, with Hart set to start against Burnley on ' You don ' t appreciate him ,' Bilic said of his Manchester City loanee.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes English football is taking Joe Hart for granted. But Bilic is having none of it. " I think you don ' t appreciate him ," the Hammers manager said. "Yet there is always a question mark about him. He takes it very well ."

JoeHart - cropped: West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart © Provided by Goal West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backed Joe Hart, saying the goalkeeper was unfairly criticised and had become an easy target.

Hart, 30, has been questioned for his performances for England and at club level, particularly since leaving Manchester City for a loan spell at Torino last season.

The shot-stopper produced a fine display in World Cup qualifying earlier this month, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Slovenia that secured England's place in Russia.

Bilic defended his goalkeeper and believes Hart deserves more credit than he is often given.

"I think you don't appreciate him. I watched the game against Slovenia. He was man of the match," the Croatian said.

Bilic: Hart unfairly criticised

  Bilic: Hart unfairly criticised West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes English football is taking Joe Hart for granted. England's long-term first-choice goalkeeper, who is on loan from Manchester City at West Ham, kept a clean sheet and was named man of the match in his last international against Slovenia.But in the past 18 months Hart has had a rough ride. He was criticised for mistakes at Euro 2016 and was then dropped by Pep Guardiola at City. More recently some observers have questioned his value to West Ham and suggested Jack Butland should replace him as England keeper.But Bilic is having none of it.

Slaven Bilic believes English football is taking Joe Hart for granted. " You are asking me because you think you have a case. You are not asking why we don ' t appreciate Harry Kane. " I speak to him and everything but after the last couple of games all I have said is, ' Good job'.

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"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 the job.

"He is taking the bullets, he is there every single time, whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham. He is a great professional and a top pro."

Bilic's West Ham, who are 15th in the Premier League, visit Burnley on Saturday.

Bilic: I take full responsibility .
Slaven Bilic remains confident he’s the right man for West Ham but admitted the embarrassing home defeat to Brighton was his responsibility. Brighton picked up their first Premier League away win with a 3-0 victory at West Ham on Friday Night Football, which turned up the heat on boss Bilic.A double from Glenn Murray and a fine José Izquierdo effort mean the Hammers have made their worst start to season since 2010, taking just eight points from nine games."It was a bad performance," Bilic said."The goals killed us, the first one very quick. Between the first and second goal we were dominating the game.

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