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Hart: Let's Be More Ruthless

19 December 2018

Joe Hart wants Burnley to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch to spread some Christmas cheer.

The Clarets’ keeper feels Sean Dyche’s men are close to turning around their season, ahead of the weekend trip to Arsenal.

And he called for a return to the Scrooge-like defence and ruthless attacking play that brought so much success last season.

Hart said: “I don’t think anyone is performing badly. This league is just so strong that if you are not quite there you are probably going to lose the game.

“That’s not an excuse, so we need to be more ruthless at both ends.

“Burnley’s success over the past couple of seasons has been about turning half-chances into a goal and restricting a lot of chances at the other end to get clean sheets.

“Getting back to that would be a great foundation and, as proven last season, it’s about sticking to that mantra and not necessarily being too expansive and trying to win games four or five, but knowing one goal will be enough.”

The former Manchester City stopper admits he is back to enjoying his football again, following nomadic spells on loan at West Ham and Torino.

And Hart is also relishing the competition at Turf Moor, where fellow England keepers Tom Heaton and fit-again Nick Pope continue to drive the goalkeeping department on to new heights.

He admitted: “The standard here is great and I am competing against the best.

“But that’s what I love to do. I loved it when I was a part of the England set-up and I love it in the Premier league.

“Competition comes with the territory and I am a worker. I like to work hard and try to improve every day and I am happy when I play football.

“In recent times there’s been a lot more politics around me than football, which has made it tough.

“I just want to play and be free and somewhere that I’m wanted. By that I don’t mean being a guaranteed starter or being treated any differently.

“I just want to be assigned to a team where I know what is going on and that I can try and give everything that I can bring, because I believe I bring more than football.

“I’m a good personality to have around the team and I like to bring a lot of positive energy, effort and desire, in any way I can.”

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