Eriksson explains Man City axe for Schmeichel
The young Dane remains shaky under the high ball, so, with Mark Viduka earmarked as a particular threat for the Magpies, Eriksson stuck with Hart, the current England Under-21 keeper signed from Shrewsbury for £800,000 by former boss Stuart Pearce.
"It was a very difficult decision because Kasper has done extremely well and kept a lot of clean sheets," said Eriksson.
"But I was a bit afraid of corners, free-kicks and crosses. Hart is physically taller and can handle them better."