Joe Hart ‘loved’ making Burnley debut as he keeps clean sheet in Europa League qualifier just two days after £3.5m transfer from Manchester City
- Joe Hart reveals he ‘loved’ making his Burnley debut in Europa League qualifier
- The Clarets held Istanbul Basaksehir to a 0-0 draw in first leg away from home
- Hart admits the coaching staff were concerned about his fitness before match
Joe Hart was in buoyant mood after his Burnley debut as he kept a clean sheet against Istanbul Basaksehir in the first leg of the Europa League qualifier.
Burnley drew 0-0 in the away leg in Turkey and there was a late call up for Hart following an injury to Anders Lindegaard the night before.
Hart made the switch to Burnley from Manchester City on Tuesday for a fee of around £3.5million as he looks to resurrect his career and is happy with how things have begun.
Joe Hart ‘loved’ making his Burnley debut as he kept a clean sheet in Europa League qualifier
‘I loved it,’ said Hart, reported by FourFourTwo. ‘I wasn’t too sure what the script was going to be with me tonight.
‘I’ve only been with the squad a couple of days, but Anders suffered a little injury last night which paved the way and I really, really enjoyed it.
‘I thought the lads were absolutely fantastic and showed good European nous. An away result was so important, and I think we realised that with 10 or 12 minutes to go and we shut the door.’
Hart completed a £3.5m move to Burnley on Tuesday and was thrown into line-up on Thursday
Hart is no stranger to playing on the continent following his long stint as Manchester City’s No 1 as well as his season-long loan with Italian side Torino, and the 31-year-old admits that playing in Europe ‘is the place to be’.
However if it wasn’t for an injury to Lindegaard he may have not got the nod, with the coaching staff admitting they had concerns about his fitness having only made a couple of cameo appearances for City during pre-season.
But the keeper took advantage of injuries to fellow Englishman Nick Pope and Tom Heaton and will now look to establish himself as Sean Dyche’s first choice.
Hart reveals the coaching staff were worried about his fitness but were forced to start him
‘I absolutely love playing in Europe. The Premier League is fantastic, but once you get a taste for it, it’s the place to be. I think maybe the coaching staff might have had a few worries that I had only played two 45 minutes.
‘But I assured them I felt ready and I felt good to play and I feel like I did okay. The way the lads defended they made it really hard for them to get any shots off and when they did it was my job to be there.’
Burnley will welcome Istanbul Basaksehir back to Turf Moor for the second leg of their Europa League qualifier next Thursday.