Joe Hart was handed his fourth Europa League start of the season last night.
Tottenham traveled to face LASK, in search of a point which would seal qualification for the last 32.
It was a rollercoaster of a game. Spurs looked like they’d sealed a victory via Dele Alli’s cheeky late penalty, only for their hosts to equalise in stoppage time.
For Hart, it wasn’t a great night individually. He was slow getting down to the opening goal, but LASK’s second goal was even worse.
The ball bounced off his forearm and into the net when he plunged to make a save at the near post.
That led WhoScored to hand Hart a rating of 4.5 out of 10 for his performance on the night.
WhoScored explain in their ratings explainer that only 0.31 per cent of their ratings fall between 4 and 4.9, and that makes a display ‘very poor’ if a player gets it.
That meant it was a night to forget for Hart, who has so far squeezed out Paulo Gazzaniga in the race to be Hugo Lloris’s understudy.
If Hart was hoping to use the Europa League to put pressure on the Frenchman, last night won’t have helped his cause.
There were issues with him getting down too slowly around the time his England career started to dwindle – Gareth Bale’s free kick at Euro 2016 springs to mind.
Hart hasn’t played a lot of football in recent seasons and without the rhythm of regular games, it’s hard to get up to speed.
That acts as mitigation for Hart and it will be a relief to him that Spurs got the point they need regardless.
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