Jack Rodwell has suggested that Manchester City's squad still regard Joe Hart as their No1 goalkeeper – even if Manuel Pellegrini begs to differ.
The England goalkeeper's first-team place is in doubt following the mistake which consigned the side to a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last Sunday and Costel Pantilimon replaced him for Wednesday's 2-0 League Cup victory at Newcastle United.
The 6ft 7in Romania international – who expects to play in cup games – made key saves from Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cissé, and Pellegrini made it clear he has a big decision to make before Saturday's Premier League game at home to Norwich.
"Joe is No1 and Costel is good competition for him," Rodwell said. "We all know Joe is No1 but Costel put on a good performance against Newcastle.
"He's an international keeper but, having Joe in front of you would be difficult for a lot of keepers. He digs away, puts on a good performance and the Capital One Cup is good for him this season. He made two saves which kept us level – if they had gone in, the tie could have gone either way. He's a good lad who trains well every day. He and Richard Wright [the third choice] are both good."
After the Newcastle win, Pellegrini said: "It was a very important match for Costel. He is a very good goalkeeper. We'll talk with both goalkeepers and I will start thinking about the game against Norwich."