Breaking Down Joe Hart's Performance for England vs. Montenegro

Tim OscroftContributor IOctober 11, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  England manager Roy Hodgson shakes hands with Joe Hart of England at the final whistle during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Joe Hart put in a reassuring performance as England swept to a 4-1 win over Montenegro at Wembley.

As ever, it was not as straightforward with the national side as it should be. Coasting at 2-0 up, they saw the woodwork rattled before the visitors reduced the arrears and set the nerves a-jangling.

But two more goals gave England a deserved win, and in truth Hart did not have one of his busier nights.

When called upon, the City stopper did his job well, and given his recent wobbles for club and country, per BBC Sport's excellent Phil McNulty, England fans and Roy Hodgson could not ask for more.

Hart's sprint out of his area to clear in the first half showed his confidence and judgement were just right, but his big moment arrived with England a goal up.

You're never more vulnerable than having just taken the lead, and so it proved when Dejan Damjanovic headed toward goal. However England's number one was in the right place to pull off a straightforward, but in context vital, save. 

He was beaten when City teammate Stevan Jovetic hit the bar, and was unlucky when Damjanovic threw out a foot to divert the ball past a wrong-footed Hart.

So, job well done for player and team. He'll need to be at his sharpest on Tuesday against Poland, something tells me things won't be as easy as we hope...

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