Three points, and perhaps not so much performance, are the key focus against Central Coast Mariners, Heart custodian Clint Bolton has emphasised
Three points, and perhaps not so much performance, are the key focus against Central Coast Mariners, Heart custodian Clint Bolton has emphasised ahead of the Club's 'six-pointer' at AAMI Park tomorrow.
Given Heart's less than impressive record against the Gosford-based club - the Red and White has secured just one win in six encounters - a victory tomorrow will provide Heart with the perfect boost to climb up the table.
“Points are what count at the end of the day," Bolton said.
"If you don-t have those points, you can-t make finals and the earlier you get the points the pressure releases a little.
"So the longer we go without three pointers, the harder it will be to get into the finals.
“So we want them now, we want them tomorrow and hopefully get a good run going.”
Bolton said Head Coach John Aloisi had promoted an attractive and effective brand at the Club since taking charge and once they team consistently executed his game plan, results would follow.
“Since he first stepped into the role, he made quite clear what his intentions are, what his philosophies were and he hasn-t wavered from them," Bolton said.
“So what you see from John is what we got from day one."
Bolton, who shares the all-time record of most Hyundai A-League clean sheets of 52 with Perth Glory's Danny Vukovic, will hope to extend that record, while preserving Heart's unbeaten home run of eight matches.
Between the Heart and three points will be a "tough" Mariners outfit, keen to spoil the party.
“Mariners will be exactly like they have been over the last few years; they-re very strong all over the park; that-s what we expect tomorrow," Bolton said.
“They haven-t started the season probably to their expectations, so we expect them to be very fired up and, as is the case every game with every game we play against Central Coast, it-s tough and tough to get a result.”
“All over [the park] they-re dangerous. In the front third, when they-ve got the ball, they-re dangerous at set pieces with tall guys from the back in their squad and specifically their wing backs, they produce a lot of goals."