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By ESPN Staff
Dec 26, 2009

Birmingham hero Hart happy to keep busy

Goalkeeper Joe Hart paid tribute to his team-mates as Birmingham City extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 10 games with a 0-0 draw at home to leaders Chelsea.

It could have been even better for the hosts, for whom Christian Benitez had the ball in the visitors' net in the first half but the strike was ruled out for offside, despite replays suggesting he was level.

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Hart was in fine form as City defied Chelsea and ended the contest with a bandaged head following an aerial challenge with Salomon Kalou as he epitomised the stern hosts rearguard.

Florent Malouda was sent off for a second bookable offence late on for Chelsea, who have won one of their last five league games.

"It's one of the first games I've actually had something to do," man of the match Hart told ESPN. "The lads have been absolutely awesome so there's no surprises we're getting results and where we are in the league.

"I've had a few words with them because they block everything and I want something to do. I enjoy the game and I enjoy making saves."

One of the defenders immediately in front of Hart was Roger Johnson.

"It was tough, we knew it would be tough," said Johnson, who is a Chelsea fan. "We made a good account of ourselves against one of the top four sides.

"There were a few chances. We've got a good defence and this season we've shown we're resilient at the back."

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