Manchester City number one Joe Hart has admitted he had to man up after being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season, as reported by BBC Sport.

Hart made a number of high profile errors in the early weeks of the season and was replaced by Costel Pantilimon between the sticks at the Etihad.

Pantilimon has played in the majority of Capital One Cup games too and with the final taking place at Wembley tomorrow, Hart may be looking on from the bench again.

Now the main man again though, Hart admitted it was tough to receive the criticism that came his way but he was man enough to take it and come through the other side back in form.

“You have to be able to accept when you are playing or not,” Hart said.

“After being dropped I just did what I always did – I went and trained hard and listened to what the manager had to say and knuckled down and got on with my job to the best of my ability.

“When managers have got decisions to make, whether it benefits me or not, I have to be man enough to take it.

“It is a squad game, which I am learning more and more as I get older and the more and more I am involved in such a great side.”

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