Joe Hart says his Manchester City teammates will learn valuable lessons from Sunday's 3-2 Community Shield defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester United, and believes the result, although unwarranted, has provided the players with a timely wake-up call ahead of the new season.
Roberto Mancini's side surrendered a two-goal half-time lead, to see the Citizens' first chance of silverware in 2011-12 slip agonisingly by after Nani scored a stoppage-time winner to complete the turnaround.
"I think we needed a kick up the backside before the season started," said the England international goalkeeper. "We've done really well in pre-season but we have to learn that we're not quite there yet - but we will be.
"We never want to lose and we're not going to get used to losing. The feeling hurts but we're going to move on from there.”
After achieving the club's highest placed finish in the Barclays Premier League (third) last season, and duly qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history, there is clearly plenty to look forward to on the Blue side of Manchester.
The long-term aim, and continued progression under way at City is something that Hart is buying into, after it was announced the 24-year-old has signed a new bumper five-year deal, that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until June 2016.
With that in mind, Hart played down the importance of the result itself on Sunday, and instead focused on the positives that could be taken from the game.
"We were 2-0 up against the run of play. I thought United played really well,” he continued. "I don't think we had the right mind-set when we came back out, I thought we defended a bit deep, but we have to try and take some positives away.
“We scored two good goals and we haven't really lost anything by losing this game."
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