The life of a goalkeeper can be cruel; you play out of your skin for 90 minutes, make a number of impressive saves, then a defender's hopeful effort is deflected beyond you and your hard work goes to waste as you lose 1-0.
That was the story for Joe Hart yesterday, but he's adamant there were positives to take from the 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich for him and his teammates.
Statistic-buffs might point to the fact Bayern bossed possession and had a lot more attempts at goal, but Hart is right, this wasn't a bad Manchester City performance.
Speaking to the club's official website, MCFC.co.uk, Hart was keen to praise the defensive work of his teammates, saying: "It would have been a well deserved draw, we made good clearances, we made good blocks and we made them work hard for everything."
To make matters worse it was a former City man who netted the Bayern winner, and Hart bemoaned his, and City's, bad fortune: "We fought hard all night against a really good team and had chances as well - we played well but just a nasty deflection at the end has done us and Jerome Boateng comes back to haunt us,” he said.
As the England goalkeeper said, City did have their chances, and he pointed to a late Sergio Aguero effort as a possible turning point in the game, saying: "If that Kun chance goes in at the end it would have been a completely different story."
Very tough games
The defeat will no doubt be disappointing for Manuel Pellegrini's side, but it's important to remember this was perhaps their hardest game of the group stage, although trips to Roma and CSKA Moscow will certainly not be easy.
Hart is aware of the challenge ahead, but he's confident qualification is still in sight, providing City play to their best.
The goalkeeper said: "We showed that we can match Bayern Munich but we have some very tough games now and we have to play well against CSKA and Roma now.
“Last year we had a poor start against Bayern but we won the rest of our games and qualified - we're confident we can do that again this time.”
Next up for the Premier League champions is the visit of AS Roma, who will be full of confidence after hammering CSKA 5-1; ex-City full-back Maicon netting the third.
Following that City have the unenviable task of travelling to Moscow in October knowing they'll likely have to take maximum points from the Russians if they are to make it through the group stage for the second year in succession.
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