Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart feels that his side will deserve its Premier League title if it is crowned champion at the end season.
Roberto Mancini’s men triumphed against Manchester United on Monday to leapfrog their rivals into top spot to leave both clubs on 83 points.
City has the advantage thanks to its superior goal difference and knows that a maximum return from its final two games will see the team clinch its first title since 1968, but the 25-year-old feels City can have no complaints if it stumbles at the final hurdle.
"The season doesn't lie," Hart told reporters. "It is all about where you finish at the end.
"Sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down but we have been in a strong position for seven months.”
Hart stated that, despite his side’s slip up at Arsenal, City has been leading the race for some time and, now that it is back in the driving seat, hopes to wrap up the league with wins over Newcastle and QPR.
"We are not on a late surge. We have not been battling in fourth or fifth and all of a sudden come good,” he continued.
"After Arsenal, we were strongly reminded that we were leading and then we supposedly cracked up. But we are back at the top when it matters. We have two big games to go. Hopefully we wrap up this league."
The England international has seen teammates Sergio Aguero and David Silva grab the headlines with stunning performances this season and while Hart has nothing but praise for the pair, he also feels that other members of the squad deserve credit for their hard-working displays throughout the campaign that have sometimes gone unnoticed.
"Sometimes it frustrates me," he added.
"I love the way Sergio and David have set this Premier League alight but people don't see the hard work others do. We have to do very well as a team for everyone to be appreciated.
"We know what a fantastic player Paul Scholes is but maybe it only gets noticed quite so much because Manchester United win things.
"Everyone needs their dues."