• Joe Hart is currently on loan at West Ham United (Getty Images)
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has defended Joe Hart, saying the goalkeeper has become an 'easy target' in light of recent performances.

Hart, 30, has been questioned for his performances for England and at club level, particularly since leaving Manchester City for a loan spell at Torino last season.

The shot-stopper produced a fine display in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying earlier this month, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Slovenia that secured England's place in Russia.

Bilic defended his goalkeeper and believes Hart deserves more credit than he is often given.

West Ham fans have right to be critical, says Hart
West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart backed the home fans' right to voice their discontent after Slaven Bilic came under fire during his side's narrow 1-0 win over Swansea City.

"I think you don't appreciate him. I watched the game against Slovenia. He was man of the match," the Croatian said.

"But you didn't have that feeling from the studio, from the commentator, saying it was a penalty [to Slovenia] – it wasn't a penalty.

"If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation, nobody would say it was a penalty. I have that feeling at this moment.

"Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I'm not just talking about goalkeeping now. The guy never slaughters anyone in the job.

"He is taking the bullets, he is there every single time, whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham. He is a great professional and a top pro."

How to watch the LIVE football on SBS this week
The LIVE football continues on SBS this week, with two matches from both the Premier League and W-League, and the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw.

Bilic's West Ham, who are 15th in the Premier League, visit Burnley on Sunday (AEDT).