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Melbourne Heart's Bolton: It's still early days

Melbourne Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton believes patience is the key when building a new club.

The former Sydney FC championship winner is well aware that the Heart, Australia's newest A-League club, have a great group of players and coaches but knows things don't always work out as quickly as you want them too.

In their first three competitive matches, Melbourne have had two losses and a lucky draw and have been resigned to the bottom of the A-League table, but Bolton has urged supporters to stick with the team.

"Everyone said from day one how good the squad looked on paper. But the games aren't played on paper. There's a lot of expectation, but it's still early days," he told SEN.

"In the first year of the A-League, there was 21 games and you had to get off to a good start. There's 30 games now, so there's no panic from the coaches or the players yet.

"We know we are not far off from a win. It will only take that one win to get the ball rolling and get a bit of momentum."

The Heart take on league leaders Perth Glory this weekend but will be without key defender Michael Beauchamp, veteran midfielder Josip Skoko and striker John Aloisi who has yet to play any game time for the new club. Bolton feels, that although they go into the clash without some key players, the squad is strong enough to force a positive result against the Robbie Fowler-led Glory.

"We've certainly got the squad to get a result. Without those three players, I'm still confident we can get a result," he added.

Andrew Slevison
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