376172 - City 'deserve' to be top - Hart
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says the club deserves to be in its current position at the top of the Premier League and on the verge of a first title since 1968, and is desperate to turn that into success this season.

Fresh from City's 1-0 win over rivals Manchester United on Monday evening, England international Hart extolled the virtues of his team-mates as they stand two games away from the title.

"We deserve to be in the position we are in - we are a good team, with good players and good fans and we are going places," he said.

"Hopefully we can do it this year. You have to ride on that wave and enjoy it.

"There is no point in being robots. You have to feel that vibe and we felt the fans."

The focus has already turned to Sunday's encounter with Newcastle, as the City man knows his team simply cannot afford to slip up in their remaining fixtures.

"We were pleased to win but we have moved on," said Hart.

"It's all about Newcastle now, which is pretty similar to what happened earlier in the season when we won at United - it was a great feeling but then we had the next game.

"It's all very well winning one game. But you can't just win one game if you want to do well. You need to win every one.

"Now we go to Newcastle to face a very tough side in a tough stadium, hoping we can get a good result."

The progress at City has been rapid in the past three-and-a-half years since the Abu Dhabi Group's takeover, and Hart remains one of the few who has been at the club throughout.

"Me and Micah are still here, but apart from that it has been all change," he said.

"It has been exciting the way we have evolved as a club and I am proud and pleased to be part of that.

"We are coming of age, but we have the opportunities, we have the right people around us and the right squad and the right fans so it's all good.

"You live for nights like last night, and hopefully there will be many more to come in the years ahead."