Stand-in Costel Pantilimon was hardly overworked in the course of his side's 2-0 extra-time victory at St James' Park but did everything that was required of him when called upon.
"He is a very good goalkeeper and he normally plays in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup," said Pellegrini.
"This was a very important match for him. But I will start to think about the game against Norwich on Thursday. Today I was just thinking about winning this match.
"I think that we will talk tomorrow (about the team selection). One goalkeeper can play but the other will have our full support. We will think about it."
Pressed for further details about Hart's standing, Pellegrini responded curtly: "I have just told you I will think about that tomorrow."
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