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Joe Hart blamed himself for Everton’s goal against Manchester City on Saturday, according to his teammate Pablo Zabaleta.

Joe Hart during Man City's Premier League game against Everton.
Joe Hart has been at fault for a number of goals this season.

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The City goalkeeper has endured a tough start to the season and was at fault when Franck Ribery scored for Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium last Wednesday.

Hart was also responsible for goals City conceded to Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell and Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann, as well as for a James Morrison strike for Scotland against England.

But while many thought Joleon Lescott was more culpable for Romelu Lukaku’s opener in City’s 3-1 victory at the weekend, Zabaleta said that Hart was disappointed he did not keep the striker’s shot out.

"I think he's still upset about it. He felt he could have got a stronger hand to it,” Zabaleta told the Telegraph.

The City right-back also revealed that the normally confident Hart had been affected by his error against Bayern.

"Most of the lads saw him a bit down in the week,” he said. “Sometimes it happens in football, that's why it is important that as teammates we need to support all the players. And he knows all the players are behind him. We have seen him for a long time doing very well and that is why it is strange to see him down.

“It is really hard for any player when you are not doing well, but it is important for him to show his strength of character, his strong personality and show he is coming back to his best. I'm sure he will do that because he is a great goalkeeper."

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