Man City boss Eriksson: Hart omission not down to form

Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson says axing Joe Hart for tonight's Carling Cup tie with Bolton is no reflection on his performance at Chelsea on Saturday.

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Eriksson said: "We had 3,000 fans down at Chelsea. We will have 6,000 at Bolton. I want my players to restore some pride in front of them. We have not decided the team yet but I am tempted to give all those who were out there at Stamford Bridge the chance to avenge what happened.

"I had already decided to change goalkeepers to give Andreas (Isaksson) some time. But I think I will keep the rest of the team the same. I am glad we have another game so quickly but I am curious to see what happens.

"I am confident because while we will probably lose some more games in the future, I don't think they will be like that."

Eriksson insists the change of goalkeepers has nothing to do with the humiliation on Saturday.

He said: "It has been decided for several weeks. It has absolutely nothing to do with Joe Hart's performance on Saturday.

"He was actually one of the few positives from the game."

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