It’s official: City still have the safest hands in the Premier League.
That’s because Joe Hart has won the Premier League’s Golden Gloves award for the third-successive year.
A 17th clean sheet of the season in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over West Brom already ensured that Joe couldn’t be beaten to the award but Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal past Chelsea’s Petr Cech on Wednesday night confirmed that Hart will finish out on his own on top.
City have the Premier League’s stingiest defence having conceded just 31 goals this season at an average rate of 0.86 per game.
Of course a whole cast of miserly defenders have also made pivotal contributions this achievement, including Matija Nastasic, PFA Team of the Year member Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, Micah Richards, Maicon and Karim Rekik.
Another shut-out in the remaining two games against Reading or Norwich will match City’s record of most number of clean sheets in a single Premier League campaign (18), also achieved by Hart back in 2010/11.
England’s no.1 has now matched Pepe Reina’s record for winning the award in three consecutive seasons.