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Former England keeper Martyn says Hart was not at fault for Scotland goals

Former England international goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has leapt to the defence of under-fire Joe Hart.

England and Scotland played out a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park on Saturday and many blasted Joe Hart for his unconvincing performance during the encounter, after he conceded two long range free-kick goals from Leigh Griffiths.

Martyn wrote in the Express: "Joe Hart tried his best for both of the goals. Eric Dier, his wall marker, was in a direct line between the ball and the post.

"Somebody tall, Chris Smalling, was next to him and for the first free-kick he even put Harry Kane as an extra on the other side of him. The two players the other side of Dier is absolutely standard.

"The goalkeeper positioned himself in line with where the next man would be in the wall, so he had a clear sight of the ball. That is crucial. If you do not see the ball kicked, by the time it has appeared above the wall it is too late to react.

"And you cannot go before – the biggest mistake you can make is to go too early and allow them to score the side you are supposed to be covering. Scotland players were trying to block his view, as all teams do, but Hart reacted quickly enough.

Tim Grainey
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