Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he came close to dropping Joe Hart for yesterdays Premier League clash against Everton.
The England stopper has come under fire recently for a string of perceived poor performances between the sticks for his club.
The 26-year-old was facing calls to be dropped following last weeks Champions League defeat at the hands of defending European Champions Bayern Munich where he was twice beaten at his near post.
However Hart was kept in the line-up for the Citizens and made some key saves as Pellegrini's men handed Roberto Martinez his first league defeat as Toffee's manager.
The only negative for Hart was letting a Romelu Lukaku effort under his outstretched hand to give the visitors an early lead.
City's new manager Pellegrini admitted in his post match press conference that he thought about dropping his main goalkeeper.
"It wasn't a simple decision, it was a very difficult decision, but I think Joe needs the trust of all of us - of me, the other players and the fans.." The 60-year-old said.
"Of course he feels he didn't do well the last game, he feels that he was guilty, but it was more important that he reflected how strong his character is.
"Always the responsibility for the goal is with the whole team."
Hart will be glad that his manager kept the faith as he also had the backing from England boss Roy Hodgson who continues to call-up the former Shrewsbury Town man.
He has 35 caps to his name and is expected to play twice in his country's crucial World Cup qualifiers at home to Montenegro and Poland next week.
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