Joe Hart 'loved' making Burnley debut as he keeps clean sheet in Europe 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 hero Istanbul Basaksehir to a 0-0 draw in first leg away from home
- The coaching staff were concerned about his fitness before match
Michael Searles For Mailonline
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 Turkey and there was a late call-up for the next Lindegaard the night before.
He is looking for his money and is happy with how things have begun.
Joe Hart 'loved' his Burnley debut as he kept a clean sheet in Europe League qualifier
"I loved it," Hart said, reported by FourFourTwo. "I was not too sure what the script was going to be with me tonight.
"I've only been with the squad a couple of days, but I've 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 realized that with 10 or 12 minutes to go and we shut the door. '
Heart completed a £ 3.5m move to Burnley on Tuesday and was thrown into line-up on Thursday
Heart 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 was not for an injury to Lindegaard, it would have been necessary to admit, with the coaching staff that they had concerns about their fitness during the pre-season.
But the keeper took advantage of injuries to fellow Dutchman Nick Pope and Tom Heaton and will now look to establish himself as Sean Dyche's first choice.
The staff were worried about his fitness but were forced to start him
'I absolutely love playing in Europe. The Premier League is fantastic, but 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 like I did okay. The way the lads are defending it is 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.